Performance Art Explorations at Jack Shainman Gallery / by Liz Morgan

If you enjoyed my work on Ntozake Shange's choreoessay, check out this October clip from a collective performance I worked on with Hayv Kahraman entitled Gendering Memories in Iraq as part of her recent exhibit at Jack Shainman Gallery.  This was another wonderfully unique opportunity to tell story and collaborate across disciplines.

Description from Hyperallergic:

"Five women of multiracial denominations read from scripts, detailing first-person accounts of the artist’s life in a powerful invocation of  a collective bearing witness to personal trauma. If sound is the most expansive vector for violence, then the voice – the one that bears witness – is the most compelling one for justice.

Each testimonial starts with the phrase “Let me share with you my memories” and recalls  episodes of war and trauma that span a quarter century, from huddling with family members by candlelight in a dark basement in northern Iraq to the intrinsic need as an expectant mother to connect with her past, in order to transmit familial genealogies and cultural histories to the next generation."