Artist Zinzi Minott presents In Movement II, a dance and film based performance and installation conversation alongside a sound set by filmmaker & DJ Rabz Lansiquot and her new video work Where did we land (2019)
Zinzi Minott’s work focuses on the relationship between dance, bodies and politics. Strongly identifying as a dancer, she seeks to complicate the boundaries of dance and the place of black female bodies within the form. Her work explores how dance is perceived through the prisms of race, queer culture, gender and class. Zinzi is interested in the space between dance and other art forms, and though her practice is driven through dance, the outcomes range from performance and live art to sound, film, dances and object-based work.
Rabz Lansiquot is a filmmaker, curator, and DJ. She was a leading member of sorryyoufeeluncomfortable (SYFU), a London-based collective that created intentional spaces for deep study, conversation and multi-disciplinary art-making that relates to race and liberatory politics. With SYFU she has produced public programming in a number of institutional and independent contexts in the UK and Europe including curated screenings, collective readings, performances, workshops and discussions, and co-curated exhibitions. Her audio-visual work and film theory writing is informed by Black liberatory thought, Black queer studies, and lived experience, seeking to move beyond representation, to liberation in the realm of the moving image. Rabz also works collaboratively alongside Imani Robinson under the name Languid Hands producing artworks and curatorial projects.
'where did we land is an ongoing experiment interrogating the effect of images of anti-black violence produced and reproduced in film and media. The first iteration, an installation of still and distorted archival images on acetate hung from the ceiling, was presented in sorryyoufeeluncomfortable collective’s exhibition (BUT) WHAT ARE YOU DOING ABOUT WHITE SUPREMACY? at The Gallow Gate as part of Glasgow International Festival 2018. This iteration takes the form of a moving image essay, presenting original images and texts that speak to the problems of the spectacular for Black subjects onscreen. The accompanying exhibition programme will include screenings, talks and a study day that will make public the research Lansiquot has been undertaking during her curatorial residency at LUX. The research attempts to approach Black film from a position of liberation as opposed to representation. It will act as both a trial and a taster of an upcoming Black Film Anti-School format.' - LUX
Images: In Movement II with Zinzi Minott & Rabz Lansiquot at 180 The Strand, 4 October 2019. Performance Documentation, Courtesy of the artists & The Showroom.
This programme took place within Theaster Gates's installation Black Image Corporation presented by Prada, The Vinyl Factory, and The Showroom. Collective Intimacy is inspired by Gates’s ethos of collaboration and The Showroom’s commitment to togetherness and communal knowledge, taking on multiple trans-located narratives of the current Black experience as a point of departure for a cosmopolitan worldview. In response to Gates’s reactivated spaces in Chicago and how his socially engaged projects enable communities to connect and grow, Collective Intimacy aimed to create a new space for people to gather, listen, converse, and contemplate amongst a fusion of art, design, music, and everyday life.
Black Image Corporation presented distinct spaces creating a myriad of possibilities for collective engagements, featuring an installation of Gates’s art objects, furnishings, and new films that capture the methodologies of urban renewal and community activation founding his practice. Pieces from Chicago imbued with powerful histories, uses, and localities resonated with distinctive lounge design from here in London – like a love letter between two cities, under the roof of a new House. Taking place at both 180 The Strand and The Showroom, Collective Intimacy hosted interdisciplinary interventions by artists, musicians, designers, writers, thinkers, collectives and members of the public, who were all invited to distort notions of selfhood and togetherness in the spirit of creating a global community.