Mar 5 2020

7:30PM 9:30PM

Mar 6 2020


Mar 5 2020 5:30PM

123 E Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

PROGRAM 1: Forms are Facts

Curated and Introduced by Rachael Rakes

Sensus Plenior
Still from Sensus Plenior Image Credit: Steffani Jemison

Oneyka Igwe, Steffani Jemison, Ja’Tovia Gary, Regina Jose Galindo

This lecture and screening is about how gestures and movements can operate on the idea of a document. We will look at several distinctive recent works that focus on form and performance in order to remediate histories and present politics through different terms of understanding. Each of the artists deals with different conditions and conceives of different approaches, ranging from forms of assembly, language, expression, and revision, and interacting with the inherited historical framing of “the real” in important, insurgent ways.

The works discussed and screened in Forms are Facts include: Onyeka Igwe’s Specialised Technique, which returns to archival portrayals of West African dancers from the British Colonial Film Unit, structurally returning the agency over representation to those depicted; Steffani Jemison’s Sensus Plenior, which continues the artist’s unique investigation into alternative and hidden language and movement forms in Black American history and life through a portrait of the leader of the Master Mime Ministry of Harlem; Regina José Galindo’s El Gran Retorno, which stoically captures a performance of mundane assembled refusal in the center of Guatemala City; and Ja’Tovia Gary’s An Ecstatic Experience, which uses found footage in different temporal registers, — current-day protests, an archival account of a Black church service, a Ruby Dee monologue, an Assata Shakur monologue -- to stir together a whole new profoundly moving, and mobilizing form.

An Ecstatic Experience
Still from An Ecstatic Experience Image Credit: Ja’Tovia Gary
Specialised Technique
Still from Specialised Technique Image Credit: Onyeka Igwe
El Gran Retorno
Still from El Gran Retorno Image Credit: Diego Silva

Specialised Technique, RT: 6:00 minutes

Oneyka Igwe, United Kingdom, 2018

Sensus Plenior , RT: 34:00 minutes

Steffani Jemison, USA, 2017

El Gran Retorno, RT: 13:00 minutes

Regina Jose Galindo, Guatemala, 2019

An Ecstatic Experience, RT: 6:00 minutes

Ja’Tovia Gary, USA, 2015

Lecture and Screening are co-sponsored by the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series and Cosmic Rays.


Rachael Rakes

curator Rachael Rakes
Curator Rachael Rakes

Rachael Rakes is a curator, arts writer, editor, film programmer, and educator. Rakes ongoingly researches tools of ethnographic refusal in visual and audio practices, and forms of radical abstraction and coding in art and everyday life.

She is currently Curator for Public Practice at BAK basis voor actuele kunst, Utrecht, an Editor at Large for Verso Books, and a Programmer at Large for Film at Lincoln Center, New York—where she co-curates the annual experimental nonfiction festival Art of the Real. Until 2019, she was the Head Curator and Manager of the Curatorial Programme at De Appel, Amsterdam.

Rakes is co-editor of the publication Practice Space (2019, NAME/De Appel) and has recently contributed criticism and essays to Art-Agenda, Artforum, and The Village Voice, among several other publications and catalogues. From 2011-2017, she was an editor at The Brooklyn Rail. Recent exhibitions and programmes include DECODERS/RECORDERS: Steffani Jemison and Samson Young (De Appel/Looiersgracht 60, Amsterdam), Relational Capacities (Frame Contemporary/Amos Rex, Helsinki), On Watching Men (SAIC, Chicago), Dark Progress + Uncontained Energy and Contained Fear (Tabakerlara, San Sebastian), CAMP: In Cameras Res (De Appel), The Health Show II (A.I.R., NYC), In Between: Tacita Dean (Centre Pompidou, Paris), EVAN IFEKOYA: A Score, A Groove, A Phantom, A Congregation (De Appel), On Documentary Abstraction (Oolite Arts (Miami), Estructuras de la Razón (Walgreens, Miami), BEN RUSSELL: It is Here, It Will Last Forever (De Appel), and Formal Complaint (Knockdown Center, NYC).

Rakes has taught on documentary aesthetics and socially-engaged art at The New School and Harvard Summer School. She has advised for Sandberg Institut, Amsterdam, and will teach a course on time-based essays in Spring 2020 for the New Centre for Research & Practice.