The Room of Silence


"I've never been in a place where I've been more confused about race in my entire life."

Her senior year at RISD, Eloise collaborated with the student group Black Artists and Designers (B.A.A.D.) to document the difficulties faced by students of color at predominantly white art schools.

We released “The Room of Silence” to the community on social media. It went viral in a matter of minutes, raising support for a rally scheduled two days later (”Not Your Token”), and attracting the attention of local newspapers. In response, the administration established a committee to reform marginalization on campus. It began a dialogue about race where previously there had only been frustrating silence.

Since then, the video has been screened at universities around the world in order to start the same conversations, including SAIC, University of the Arts London, MICA, and MassArt. To ensure the interviewees’ privacy, their names have not been included in this cut.

Contact Eloise through her website if you would like to arrange a screening. In the spirit of the original project, use of the video is completely free of charge. You may post it to any platform as long as you share attribution and let Eloise know that you are doing so. She is happy to connect those with questions to the interviewees, within reason.