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A Night of Performances with Curtis Talwst Santiago

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Musical and acting performances with Curtis Talwst Santiago

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Join us for a night of acting and musical performances related to the famed Shakespeare play Othello the Moor of Venice.

Actor Anthony Santiago will activate the exhibition space by performing as nineteenth-century stage actor Ira Aldridge, who rose to popularity for his portrayal of Othello at Convent Garden in 1833. Following this multilayered performance of excerpts from Shakespeare’s play, Curtis Talwst Santiago and his bandmates will perform in the central courtyard space of the installation.

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Curtis Talwst Santiago: Can't I Alter is the first exhibition devoted to the Canadian-Trinidadian artist’s drawing practice, which has expanded significantly in recent years. Throughout his work, Santiago grapples with “genetic imagination,” or the ability to access generational knowledge through imaginative recollection and projection. For the artist, this method serves as a means of wading through histories lost, hidden, and often tangled. In Can’t I Alter, Santiago creates a multi-faceted narrative in an immersive, drawing-filled installation that explores the theme of ancestry and the necessity of preserving the past while acknowledging the fallacies implicit in historical recollection. As viewers explore the space, they join Santiago and his alter ego, the J’ouvert Knight, in an attempt to locate a diasporic ancestor whose existence cannot ever be fully grasped. A newly commissioned film accompanies the installation, as well as performances organized by Santiago.

Image: Curtis Talwst Santiago, A morte do cavaleiro prateado, 2018. Spray paint, oil, charcoal, pastel, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy of Rachel Uffner Gallery.

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