Opening Friday, November 30th, from 6:30PM - 9PM
On view through Saturday, December 1st
FRI NOV 30, 6:30-9PM / Doors open @ 6PM
T Clutch Fleischmann, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Basma ALSHARIF, and Rashayla Marie Brown
Day Two of On Civil Disobedience: An Epilogue features a film, a performance, and two readings by T Clutch Fleischmann, Jennif(f)er Tamayo, Basma ALSHARIF and Rashayla Marie Brown. All events are free and take place at Sector 2337, 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL 60647
T Clutch Fleischmann, will read How do you solve a systemic problem like Gonorrhea?, a story of systemic gonorrhea after the passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act; at the intersection between poetry and performance, Jennif(f)er Tamayo will present her work, to kill the future in the present, published as part of the On Civil Disobedience pamphlet series (Green Lantern Press, 2018). After an intermission, we will screen Basma ALSHARIF‘s 2011 film, The Story of Milk and Honey in which an anonymous narrator tells of his failure at attempting to write a love story in Beirut, Lebanon. Through a delicate weaving of fact and fiction, a tale of defeat transforms into a multi-layered journey exploring how we collect information, perceive facts and recreate history to serve our own desires. The evening ends with a performance by Rashayla Marie Brown, Majnoona (Crazy Woman). Majnoona (Crazy Woman) is a part-audiobook, part-spectacle. The artist uses her training as an emerging voiceover actor to perform a memoir of images and texts from the forthcoming Esprit D’Escalier or InshAllah, based on her travels and long-distance relationship with an Omani citizen that violently ended due to increasingly conservative marriage and citizenship laws. The combination of sound installation and live performance will involve audience participation.
About the artists:
Basma ALSHARIF is an Artist/Filmmaker born in Kuwait of Palestinian origin, raised between France, the US and the Gaza Strip. She has a BFA and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She works between cinema and installation, centering on the human condition in relation to shifting geopolitical landscapes and natural environments. Major exhibitions include: the Whitney Biennial, les Module at the Palais de Tokyo, Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum, Al Riwaq Biennial Palestine, The Berlin Documentary Forum, the Sharjah Biennial 9 and Manifesta 8. Alsharif is now based in Cairo Egypt.
Artist-scholar Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) manages a living studio practice through photography, performance, voice acting, writing, installation, and video. Her work has been commissioned by Bemis Contemporary, Omaha; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; Rhodes College, Memphis; and she has presented work internationally at Tate Modern, London; INVISIBLE-EXPORTS, New York; Krabbesholm Højskole, Copenhagen; Turbine Hall, Johannesburg; and University of Pennsylvania. A lifelong nomad who has moved 24 times, she began her artistic practice as a poet in London, England. RMB holds degrees from Yale University, SAIC, and Northwestern University. RMB is currently running a Gofundme campaign – donate here.
T Clutch Fleischmann is the author of Syzygy, Beauty and of Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, forthcoming from Coffee House Press in the spring of 2019.
Jennif(f)er Tamayo is a queer, migrant, formerly undocumented poet, essayist, and performer. JT is the daughter of Nancy, Flora, Leonor, Sol, and Ana. Her collections include [Red Missed Aches] (Switchback, 2011), Poems are the Only Real Bodies (Bloof Books 2013), DORA/ANA/GUATAVIT@ (RSH 2016) and YOU DA ONE (2017 Noemi Books & Letras Latinas’s Akrilica Series). She has held fellowships from the Hemispheric Institute for Performance & Politics and CantoMundo. Currently, JT lives and works on Ohlone and Patwin lands and is a PhD student in the department of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley; her research considers resistant, decolonial practices of voic(ing). You can find their writing and art at www.jennifertamayo.com.
On Civil Disobedience: An Epilogue is a three-day series of readings, responses, workshops and performances to mark the conclusion of the Green Lantern Press’s 2017-2018 monthly pamphlet series On Civil Disobedience which invited writers from a range of professional backgrounds to address the series title. The works produced in this series recall historical precedents set by Thoreau, Gandhi, King, and others while also considering the pamphlet’s important role in American revolutionary history. Filtering civic responsibility through the combined awareness of histories and disciplines, the pamphlets ask how citizenship and resistance intersect within the pledge of democratic ideals. On Civil Disobedience: An Epilogue will celebrate the work produced in the series, extending it beyond the page through performances by original participants and artists with resonant practices. Participants include Basma Alsharif, J. Dakota Brown, Rashayla Marie Brown, Sky Hopinka, T Clutch Fleischmann, Damon Locks, Ayanah Moor, Allen Moore, Sonnenzimmer, and Jennif(f)er Tamayo. This program is curated by On Civil Disobedience coeditor, Fulla Abdul-Jabbar.