Combining audio, drawing, performance, sculpture, and video works created over a 6 month residency, ALTAR, is an immersive installation exploring action, class, ecology, race, and space.
The objects presented in the installation are taken directly from performances and research. The combined works present an open narrative around the body, service, society, and spirituality. The work places the viewer inside a sacred space that calls to the extra sensory presence that surrounds us. Taking the form of the altar presents the notion of sacrifice, ceremony, divining, prayer, and in all these forms seek activation through contact with the body.
Planned performances for the residency are as follows.
- A dinner exploring the relationship between food, ritual, and race. The meal will be prepared by the artist.
This work looks to complicate the historical conversations surrounding service and the enslavement of black people.
The meal will focus on the contributions of black people to the global society (Friday February 14)
- A procession through the city of Paris along the Seine River as it passes through Paris. This work explores the key
geographic boundry of the city and the architecture of this major access route. For the procession I will reprise
the role of Jesus from The Jesus Project. I will carry a 13 foot by 8 foot wooden cross the length of the Seine and burn
the cross at the end of the procession. My body will be covered in chocolate sauce and I will be wearing a rope loincloth
as in other performances of this work. This performance looks to interrogate state violence, antiblackness, the
role of faith in Parisian life, and its place as a center of culture (Sunday April 12)
- A poetry performance with musical accompaniment. This performance will incorporate and audio/visual presentation of
materials from the previous performances with a focus on the participants in the performance outside of myself.
While I will be the poet, my work will revolve around the encounters with those that help make the work possible (Friday June 19th
ALTAR will be hosted by the Cité Internationale des arts in Paris, France from January 3 through July 27, 2020.
To raise funds for this project I will be producing an edition of 100 prints visualizing the project. Each print is priced at $100 in the hopes of raising $10000 for ALTAR. If you would like to support this project but cannot make the $100 donation, please give what you can afford and you too will receive an exclusive artwork for your support of the project. The goal of ALTAR is to keep the ideas fresh, moving, and evocative, that is my goal.
Thank you for your support.
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