The exhibition Of Beauty, Blackness & Power highlights seven contemporary artists' views of African-American and African identities through new photographic positions and various aesthetic interrogations.
With Prince Gyasi, Lyle Ashton Harris, Mohau Modisakeng, Zanele Muholi, Lunga Ntila, Hank Willis Thomas & Caecilia Tripp. Curated by Paul di Felice.
Caecilia Tripp, Even the Stars Look Lonesome I, II, III, a photographic Time Capsule was produced by Arendt & Art.
Performers: choreographer David Hamilton Thomson and New York-based World Box Champion Michael Olajide JR, costumes by Rick Owens, courtesy of the artist and Erna Hecey Gallery.
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (Expanded Film Installation) was commissioned by Sharjah Biennial 14, curated by Claire Tancons, co-produced by AGYU Toronto and Lafaytette Anticipation and is part of the collection of Sharjah Art Foundation.
As a photographic Time Capsule, the celestial Trilogy of Even The Stars Look Lonesome (2019) tunes into the magnetic connection of what Edouard Glissant names "echo-world" and "echo-cosmos." Worldliness As Magnetic connection expanding into the cosmic sphere of multiverses, born out of the infinitude of Dark Matter. The performative collective Act as a space of resistance that goes beyond oneself, thriving into the unpredictable collective spaces of opacity and Radical Imagination, unboxing spaces of freedom. Being a star to One Another, shining boundless. A Celebration of Togetherness and shared futurities.
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Interview with Hoor El Quasmi, president of the Sharjah Art Foundation.
(c.f. "If I were to buy a piece of art, it would be ... Even the Stars Look Lonesome (2019) by Caecilia Tripp, which was commissioned by Claire Tancons for Sharjah Biennial 14 and was acquired for [the] Sharjah Art Foundation's collection. The work is a five-channel film installation in the shape of a pentagon, with openings for visitors to enter at each corner and a copper sculpture placed at the center of the screens. The film draws from several texts, writings and research by artists, historians, scientists, cosmologists, and includes a wonderful score and thrilling choreography that celebrates togetherness and a collective future.")
OF BEAUTY, BLACKNESS AND POWER
12 MARCH - 4 DECEMBER 2020
Even the Stars Look Lonesome (2019)