Steffani Jemison: Figure 8
April 15 – June 5, 2021
Thursday – Saturday | Dusk – 11:00pm
Light Work UVP | Everson Museum Plaza
My Body Is Opaque: Steffani Jemison & Alexis Page in conversation
Public Artist Talk (on Zoom)
Thursday, April 15 | 6:30pm
Pre-register at www.lightwork.org
HD video, color, sound
TRT: approx. 12m
Featuring: Alexis Page
Harp: Jess Garland
Additional recording: Steffani Jemison
Sound: Sean T. Davis / the HalfStyle
For nearly a decade, Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison has been deeply invested in examining the ways knowledge is constructed and legitimized. This interest stems from a fascination with frameworks of interpretation and narration, as well as critical theory, and vernacular traditions, including street acrobatics, vaudeville, and Black vernacular genealogies of knowledge. She explores these concepts through a practice that encompasses sculpture, video, installation, sound, and fiction writing.
Figure 8 comes out of Jemison’s collaboration with athlete, Alexis Page. “Figure 8” describes the movement of the camera, which moves around the body of the performer, as Page muses aloud on continuity and fluency of gesture. Working together, Jemison and Page have created a shared lexicon of movement, which they explore both as a Black feminist research method, an art-making strategy, and as way of approaching the everyday and the at-hand with virtuosity.
UVP will host a free live stream program featuring Jemison and Page in conversation followed by a moderated Q&A on Thursday, April 15. Please click the "Register" button above for links and more information.
Image: Installation view of Figure 8 (2021) by Steffani Jemison on the facade of the Everson Museum
Urban Video Project (UVP) is a multimedia public art initiative of Light Work and Syracuse University in collaboration with the Everson Museum of Art.