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The actors performed in a set covered in ‘Contact’ sheet which is sticky back plastic with a digital marble print found globally, I noticed it here in the U.S and in Nigeria. The script performed in the set combined product information and company history of Contact (including corruption and court cases) with an autobiographical origins story set in Nigeria. I was interested in looking at post-colonialism and the persistence of imperialisms through corporations.
In 2007, Sunstrum began experimenting with stop-motion animation. At this time, she was operating with an alter-ego named ‘Asme.’ In many ways, Asme is an archetypal hero: she is a mythological time-and-space traveller who slips between the real and thefantastical. In the animation, Asme enters a grassy field. moments later, she encounters another version of herself, and later yet, the two Asme’s encounter a third Asme. The three Asme’s interact with each other, until finally the third Asme blows breath from her mouth into the mouths of the first two.
Re: purpose features the work of Pamela Council, Sara Jimenez, Sondra Perry and Patrice Renee Washington, four New York-based women artists who transform common domestic and cosmetic objects in order to expand the possibilities of self-representation. These artists redefine an object’s form and function to reveal its hidden histories and how our identities inform our perception.
Through work that is referential, critical and humorous, the artists negotiate their identities in relation to consumerism, popular culture, and the daily experience of inhabiting a gendered and racialized body. By choosing materials of personal significance, they claim a variety of cultural legacies and champion the legitimacy of subjective interpretation. Their work troubles aesthetic hierarchies and generates a critical dialogue around the lived realities of women of color in the contemporary art world.
Re: purpose will be presented as a MoCADA satellite exhibition and performance series at FiveMyles in Crown Heights.
Mark Miller is the Convenor of Young People’s Programmes at Tate’s London sites. This means he works on creating events for young people alongside Tate Collective, including Loud Tate. Here he and Tate Collective member Gaby talk about what they do and what it’s all about.