reading through the water + virtual caminos

thinking on somatic memory & pleasure, intimacy with self & other, and the difference between safety & discomfort (in the body) on my morning walk unfolded into a day of looking at many brilliant artists. these 2 really stuck out.

Catherine Feliz is a contemporary interdisciplinary artist, full spectrum doula, and community medicine-maker born and raised in NYC (occupied Lenape territory). Her multimedia projects are personal reflections on the social-political constructions of power and knowledge. Through applying the languages of visual desire and the practices of care, they’re interested in imagining new narratives of place that center the experiences of politicized bodies.

(text taken from their website)
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You ​See ​the ​Costume ​Not ​the ​Spirit
xerox ​paper ​and ​ink, ​inkjet ​photo ​prints, ​5 ​in ​x ​7 ​in
2016

 

Virtual Caminos from Catherine Feliz on Vimeo.

AND

the work of J.B. Murray.

 

sigh. his work is like love letters to and from a place that cannot be perceived with human eyes.

hear his sweet song & prayer in this short film by Judith McWillie. i love life lol.

“Water Saves. You can’t hinder water…

Water obey God better than anything in the world.”

John Bunion (J. B.) Murray (1908-1988) was a farmer who lived in rural Glascock County, Georgia, near the community of Mitchel. When he was approximately seventy years of age, believing he had experienced a vision from God, he began writing a non discursive script on adding machine tape, wall board, and stationery. He described it as “the language of the Holy Spirit, direct from God” and interpreted it using a bottle of water as a focusing device. In the last ten years of his life he made over a thousand paintings, introducing the script into fields of color and adding figures that represent “the evil people; the ones that are dry tongued, the one’s that don’t know God”.

Images and text from Calvin-Morris Gallery and Folkstreams Film.
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Okwui Okpokwasili

Been meaning to share this for awhile. this is a beautiful excerpt from her brilliant performance.

Okwui Okpokwasili’s  Poor People’s TV Room integrates movement, song, text, and visual imagery, giving voice to the oppressed while shedding light on women’s enduring power. Inspired by Nigerian political history, the performance integrates the buried narratives of women in the country and resonates with present actions and political resistance throughout the world. The work was inspired by two historic incidents in Nigeria: the Women’s War of 1929, a resistance movement against British colonial powers; and the Boko Haram kidnappings of more than three hundred girls, which launched the Bring Back Our Girls movement. Women were central to these campaigns, and have played essential and powerful roles in Nigeria’s independence. *(Words taken from YBCA website where the artist held a performance in early May)*

Okwui Okpokwasili “Poor People’s TV Room” 5 Minute Excerpt from Peter Born on Vimeo.

 

The Linguistic Overlap of Color Theory and Racism | Interview w/Tomashi Jackson

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While studying painting and printmaking at Yale University, Tomashi Jackson noticed that the language Josef Albers used to describe color perception phenomenon, in his 1963 instructional text Interaction of Color, mirrored the language of racialized segregation found in the transcripts of education policy and civil rights court cases fought by Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (LDF).

Read more here.

Akwaeke Emezi

Akwaeke Emezi is an Igbo/Tamil writer and video artist based in liminal spaces. She was Born in Umuahia and raised in Aba, Nigeria.  In creating ‘Ududeagu’,  Emezi wanted to invent a piece of visual mythology that examines loss and leaving from multiple perspectives. See more of her work here.

I am particularly interested in the way she use language, time, and personal mythology to sculpt this short.