!!!!!! kunstinstituut MELLY: Joy Mariama Smith (DAI, 2017). Black Joy/White Fragility, a celebratory and excavational site-specific performance installation that provides a site for Black joy to be experienced and expressed. Friday 1 — Sunday 24 October 2021
Presented here, Black Joy/White Fragility (2021) is an ongoing performance installation that centers on QTBIPOC * experience in club culture and the embodied aesthetics of possibility. Using bass, collective joy, and consent praxis, the artist and performers collectively create a healing and transformative space for bodies of color. What would it mean to create a safer space where bodies of color, can celebrate, heal, perform, transform, and transcend? Who would be given access to that space, who would be allies?
During the course of the exhibition, the club environment comes to be activated by performers, whose traces shape the installation through a process of accumulation. In extension of the work, a series of t-shirts designed by the artist can be seen and purchased on the ground floor in MELLY, to transmit the sentiments of Black Joy/White Fragility beyond the walls of the institution.
All performances will be scheduled in Melly's events calendar in due course, listed in the Engage section of their website. The work exhibited will be donated to the Dutch national art collection, the Rijkscollectie.
*(Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color)