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.
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: 6:00 minutes
Ja’Tovia Gary, USA, 2015
An Ecstatic Experience, RT: 13:00 minutes
Regina Jose Galindo, Guatemala, 2019
Lecture and Screening are co-sponsored by the Hanes Visiting Artist Lecture Series and Cosmic Rays.