Photo credit: Roderick Kwaku Young. Pictured: Maren Hassinger (left), Senga Nengudi (centre), David Hammons (right) from Senga Nengudi’s performance Freeway Fets included in “Shopping Bag Spirits…..”
As part of the events programme for Giles Bailey and Jeremiah Day’s exhibition, CCA will be screening Barbara McCullough’s Shopping Bag, Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space.
Chosen by Jeremiah Day, the film explores the practice of nine Los Angeles based artists reflecting on ritual in their life and art.
Jeremiah Day’s practice focuses on moments of memory or resistance, often interweaving stories from his family and friends or local realities with geopolitical tensions and historical incident. His dynamic performance style sees him crawling, running, dancing, falling and singing, relaying his thoughts and opinions and recollecting personal anecdotes. Aiming to develop a further dialogue around performance practice, political moments, improvisation, public space and the history of artists of colour in America, this screening will be accompanied by a short introduction by Assistant Curator Ainslie Roddick.
About the film:
Shopping Bag, Spirits and Freeway Fetishes: Reflections on Ritual Space
Barbara McCullough, USA 1981, video, 60 min
Featuring: David Hammons, Betye Saar, Houston and Kinshasha Conwill, N’Senga Nengudi, K. Curtis Lyle, Ojenke, Kamaau Da’oud and Kenneth Severin
Artist David Hammons discusses the role of chance and improvisation in his work while working on sculpture on a waste site while N’Senga Nengudi talks about staging her performances in freeway underpasses. Spanning everything from performance to spoken word, environmental sculpture to music, each artist talks about how ritual and cultural traditions inform their work. This experimental essay intercuts interviews, documentation and photographs with the music of Don Cherry, seeking to adjust the criteria and language used to talk about artists of colour.
Barbara McCullough was one of the key figures bridging visual arts and cinema at UCLA, experimenting with film and video to create a unique body of work fusing her interest in performance and ritual with feminist and post-colonial theory. The influential experimental filmmaker Shirley Clarke taught video workshops at UCLA and inspired a range of artists such as McCullough and Ben Caldwell to explore new technology. Shopping Bags is a result of these varying influences whose inventive form matches it’s expansive and far reaching inquiry.
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