Three Fall 2015 Sponsored Artists share their developing works and discuss their progress.
In the multidisciplinary work Object, Anna Martine Whitehead edits YouTube videos of recent famous black deaths—Eric Garner’s and Michael Brown’s among others—so that the subjects are disappeared from the frame. These new videos provoke a double-take as the viewer tries to make sense of acts of subjection without a black body to subject. Object focuses on the objectification of bodies of color through dance and video. Taking the work a step further, Anna Martine and a small ensemble are building devised choreography, drawing on Gaga and improvisational dance techniques as well as the Object videos themselves.
Mackedanz will speak about Actual Limit, a movement-based performance artwork generated in response to her interest in the rigid “limit” of Ludwig Wittgenstein and the queer notion of “actuality” demonstrated by Simone Weil. Using text in a fashion that other choreographers may use music, Mackedanz embodies the often-wonky, sometimes-wonderful negotiations of bodies within the overlap of these two definitions of reality.
The Artemisia Project is a series of video self-portraits by Kitty Huffman, touching on subjects of gender, sexuality, and motherhood, based on the life and art of painter Artemisia Gentileschi. Born in Rome in 1593, Gentileschi is now considered one of the most accomplished female artists in the generation following Caravaggio. Gentileschi received her early training from her father (renowned painter Orazio Gentileschi), and continued to study under a family friend, painter Agostino Tassi. In 1612, her father brought suit against Tassi for raping Artemisia, and there followed a highly publicized seven-month trial in which Artemisia ultimately lost. The life and work of the overlooked 16th century artist has meaningful messages about female resilience and creativity, with important implications for contemporary life.