Caecilia Tripp | Even the Stars Look Lonesome

Sharjah Biennale 14

Even the Stars Look Lonesome (2019), engages "worldliness as magnetic connection" in a film and sculpture installation created in dialogue with a number of collaborators. In Kalba Ice Factory, the artist presented a five-channel film installation in the shape of a pentagon, with openings for visitors to enter at each corner. This shape is echoed by a copper sculpture titled ASTEROID (2019), placed at the center of the screens. The film draws from several texts, including works by Za'Kisha and Borelson BLM Toronto in collaboration with cosmologist Renée Hlozek (South Africa / Dunlap Institute, Toronto) and the writings and research of Cheikh Anta Diop, the Senegalese decolonial historian and scientist. A sonic score of polyphonic chanting, composed by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, accompanies performances by choreographer David Hamilton Thompson and former World Boxing Organisation champion Michael Olajide Jr to create a somatic experience that enacts and explores a collective space of utterance that goes beyond the imperatives of control or mastery and instead thrives in spaces of unpredictability and opacity. Tripp described this process as "an asteroid crashing into an ice factory, crystallising fluidity into a fixed form".

March 7, 2019
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