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MAMI is an exhibit as offering...
Micro Doc by Intrinsic Grey Productions
MAMI CURATORS - Ali Rosa-Salas + Dyani Douze,
MAMI Curatorial Statement:
MAMI is an offering to Mami Wata, a pantheon of water deities that originates from West and Central African matriarchal spiritual systems.
Worshipped for thousands of years, Mami Wata are considered the “bringers of divine law,” revered by those in the pursuit of material wealth, sexual desire, emotional guidance, and fertility of land and womb. While they are honored for their healing powers, they are also feared for their ability to incite flooding, drought, impotence, infertility, and infidelity. Though most often portrayed as a hybrid womxn-aquatic creature, Mami Wata are believed to adopt a myriad of physical and symbolic forms.
The most globally circulated image of Mami Wata originates from a 19th century German chromolithograph (circa 1887) entitled Maladamatjaute. The image portrayed a Samoan snake charmer who served as the subject of an advertisement for an “exotic animal and people” exposition that toured Europe and the United States. Under the Western European gaze, the image of the long-haired, light brown-skinned woman with a snake was a visualization of the exoticized Other.
The Maladamatjaute image soon arrived on the West African coast via merchants and was widely propagated for its symbolic resonances to the snake-bearing water deities known as Mami Wata. Due to colonial trade routes, the image was reproduced throughout the continent, into India, and across the Atlantic to the Americas, where it would be integrated in altars and artwork for centuries to come.
MAMI is informed by Mami Wata’s mystifying multiplicity and by the paradoxical conditions upon which personal subjectivities are constituted. Through works of sculpture, photography, and digital media, Salome Asega, Nona Faustine, Doreen Garner, Aya Rodriguez-Izumi, MALAXA, and Rodan Tekle re-envision the lineages of advertising, exhibition design, gynecology, self-portraiture, and theology as a means of self-recovery that is permeable and unpredictable— like water itself.
Ali Rosa-Salas + Dyani Douze, MAMI Curators
MAMI | Aug 6 - Sept 7 2016 | The Knockdown Center - knockdown.center
FRANCE/USA - 2015
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T H E L A D I E S A L M A N A C K
A feature-length experimental narrative film written & directed by Daviel Shy, based on the novel by Djuna Barnes.
The film is a kaleidoscopic tribute to women’s writing through the friendships, jealousies, flirtations and publishing woes of authors and artists in 1920s Paris.
Arranged month by month, the story is told by three narrators: Hélène Cixous, Luce Irigaray, and Monique Wittig. Seminal texts of these radical feminist writers were published in the 1970s, in the same decade The Ladies Almanack was reprinted for public readership. Each character is a hybrid of the historical figure and the contemporary artist who portrays her, with the exception of Hélène Cixous. Cixous portrays herself in the film, and is therefore the thread whose past catches the present in the narrative.
Our objectives are educational and utopic. The film's purpose is to engage a meaningful dialogue with the dead and to follow their example by investing in the contemporary work of our peers.
Explore our website to learn more about this film and our process:
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Microdoc for MARLOU + VLUM
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Cocktail magician Liz Wolferman and her Captain's Punch this past spring at Brooklyn's MARTHA.
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2015 - NYC
Artist Vincent Tiley's solo show LOOK AT THE MOON
City Bird gallery
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NTRINSIC GREY PRODUCTIONS
A few excerpts from our 2015 year in moving image.