The short film ‘Joy’ featuring Beverly D. Renekouzou and Exocé Kasongo will be part of the exhibition ‘When The Silent Song Rises’ at ArtCo Gallery, Berlin from the 27th April – 10 June 2023.
WHEN THE SILENT SONG RISES is a group exhibition presenting works by Beverly D. Renekouzou, Exocé Kasongo, Melody Howse, Thomias Radin, Selassie and Elihu Ashong presented at ARTCO Gallery Berlin.
Building up on their shared history in music and dance, the collaborating artists release their energy in both individual artworks and a collaborative performance that push the limits of human awakening. An interdisciplinary demonstration of ‚contemporary ancestry‘ and an opportunity to witness the unfolding of a transformative experience.
The show builds up a on a curatorial concept by Beverly Renekouzou and her recent work series ‚Honorer le sacrifice‘.
The exhibition AFTERLIVES by Nnenna Onuoha shows four of her recent video works centering Afrodiasporic voices in processes such as collective re-membering, archiving of Black experience and (self-)care, Onuoha approaches histories of colonialism across West Africa, Europe and the United States. By carefully and repeatedly applying these methods, the artist generates histories of the past that can be shared collectively and thus may work as a means to repair.
Workshop: Black Visual Intonation with Melody Howse 2023 01 25 | 18.00 – 20.00
This is a sound and image piece that meditates on the anti-gravitational capacities of dance as ‘Refusal.’ It considers movement a language and practice that is metamorphic. Made with footage from the Berlin BLM demo 2021 and a soundscape created from demo speeches and sounds from across the African diaspora. It continues my visual and sonic work which attends to Arthur Jafa’s ‘Black Visual Intonation’ as a arrhythmic sonic and visual expression of Black life.
Together with Anike Joyce Sadiq, Laurie Young & Leo a public moment was staged putting the sculptures, sound and video works of Anike, into conversation with Laurie’s dance practice and Leo’s sound practice. Using text from my piece ‘expansive sounds’ we created a ‘call and response’ to activate and extend the notion of ‘tremble’ and the resonance of ‘vibration.’
In this workshop we explored how breath is a resource and a Black feminist practice which is at once archival as it is restorative. Via different mediums and methods we discussed how to make the long breath, in not just our activism but our lives. This workshop was on the invitation of Francesca Sobande & Akwugo Emejulu.
This small workshop was on witnessing and bearing witness and focused on discussing the experience of racial profiling and police interaction and sharing practices of witnessing that we and others have developed in order to stay safe.