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Black Spatial Relics: Artist Talks with Julie B Johnson and muthi reed

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Institute of Contemporary Art

118 S 36th St

Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Join Black Spatial Relics Artists-in-Residence, Julie B. Johnson and muthi reed in conversation with Alice Paul Center Visiting Artist and Black Spatial Relics Director, Arielle Julia Brown. Black Spatial Relics is a new performance residency about slavery, justice and freedom. At the intersection of the 400th year anniversary of slavery in the U.S. colonies and the 100 year anniversary of women's suffrage, this discussion will address how Julie and muthi’s projects intersect with histories related to gender.

Art Black Spatial Relics: Artist Talk is the launch event of the 2019 Black Spatial Relics Convening. For more information about attending free performances and workshops, visit www.blackspatialrelics.org

About the Artists-In Residence:
Julie B Johnson is the creator of “Idle Crimes and Heavy Work.” “Idle Crimes and Heavy Work” is developed in conjunction with her participation as a co- director of The Georgia Incarceration Performance Project — a devised archives-to- performance collaboration exploring the history of incarceration and convict labor in Georgia. “Idle Crimes and Heavy Work” is a choreographic exploration of the often overlooked experiences of black women within this history, embodying narratives of gendered and racial violence, and amplifying modes of resistance and restoration.

muthi reed is the creator of HOUSE OF BLACK INFINITY // WILDIN. Working between Philadelphia and York, Alabama, muthi’s work is in partnership with Coleman Center for the Arts. HOUSE OF BLACK INFINITY // WILDIN is a community vision for intercultural trans regional society, gathering and contemplating topographic visions for twenty first century living. Organizing the Council, muthi will conduct archival research about local Black and Native life. From research, they are making work to share in community— part holler, porch sit, walk, ritual, libations, roll call, story performance, sing, prayer, drill. WILDIN is a conceptual audio and video performance work.


Produced in conjunction with the Alice Paul Center.


Image: Arielle Julia Brown

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