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Wednesday | 8 p.m.

September 23, 2020

Free Virtual Event

Rememory as Praxis: Black Women Performance Artists

Inspired by her critically acclaimed ongoing FOR/FOUR conversation series, the Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab is thrilled to present Niama Safia Sandy in conversation with performance artists Holly Bass, Jazmine Hayes, and Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz. Rememory as Praxis visions Bass, Hayes & Raimundi-Ortiz work through the lens of Morrison's notion of rememory. Each invoking the subversion of dominant narratives toward extolling the presence and power of Black viewpoints and personhood, these three Black women performance artists utilize their bodies and the happenings they create as a bridge toward an aesthetic of transfiguration and a strategy of legibility, resistance and visibility.

Holly Bass creates solo and ensemble performances that challenge our understanding of art’s value and purpose in our society, and disrupts business as usual while highlighting shared human connections. Jazmine Hayes moves through the dialogics of the African diaspora and themes of spirituality, woman-ness and transformation to preserve Black histories. Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz dissects the cultural and social constructs of otherness. Through her visual and performance work, Raimundi-Ortiz rebelliously claims space within establishments not designed for the cultural other. Niama Safia Sandy, is a New York-based cultural anthropologist, curator, musician and essayist. Her curatorial practice draws on the visual, written and performative arts, chiefly those of the Global Black Diaspora. Her aim is to leverage history – to tell stories we know in ways we have not yet thought to tell them and to lift us all to a higher state of historical, ontological and spiritual wholeness in the process.

Niama Safia Sandy, curator and moderator

"The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware." - Henry Miller

Recent Work:

FOR/FOUR Season 1 featured ten powerful conversations highlighting Black women and non-binary people in Arts & Culture.

Red, for Active Cultures LA

How African Cultures Celebrated Motherhood Through Sculptures, for Artsy.net

Music Projects:

THIS JOY, the debut album of the Resistance Revival Chorus

Learn more about the Fredrickson Family Innovation Lab →
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