by Rebecca Forstater in New Art on Friday 5 April 2013

Last spring, Wilmer Wilson IV covered himself in stamps of increasing value and walked to three different post offices in Washington, D.C. asking to be mailed to freedom in his performance series Henry Box Brown: Forever. Inspired by the story of Henry “Box” Brown, a slave who in 1849 escaped to freedom by mailing himself from Richmond, Virginia (Wilson’s hometown) to Philadelphia, PA.

The perfectly located performance in the capital of the United States questions the ability of the government to provide freedom to its citizens. If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, Wilson will be giving a talk about his work at Artisphere on April 18th.