I am proud to announce that I am a contributing club member of Social Health Performance Club for their next event at JACK! “Social Health Performance Club gathers as a collective of artists to produce events, exhibitions, and other public art projects. The Club itself is framed as a performance, gathering together as action, understanding social relationships as artistic processes.”
“Primarily operating as a curatorial entity founded by Ayana Evans, Esther Neff and Elizabeth Lamb, Social Health Performance Club gathers temporary collectives of artists to produce events, exhibitions, and other public art projects.”
The club performs next at JACK, 505 1/2 Waverly Ave, Brooklyn NY with “Dark Diction”.
FRIDAY, January 16, 7:30-10:30pm
SATURDAY, January 17, 7:30-10:30pm
Mary Valverde and Leyna Marika Papach
The term “Dark Diction” is taken from Kanye West’s Crack Music. The term is a paradox, on one hand it describes optimistic views of speech in which the voices of oppressed groups and individuals can shape and reify history and potentially overthrow imperialist culture and systemic oppressions. But on the other hand, because West sees becoming wealthy and culturally powerful (like a crack dealer) as the only way to be free within current cultural paradigms, identity expressed via speech is only valuable as an addictive cultural commodity that maintains capitalist modes of production and valuation of human beings. This exhibition debates this paradox, asking: how free are our very forms of speech (diction) and what are the processes by which speech is given power? Even if diction (our actual words and the way we say them) is free, do the modes of production by which they are valued keep everyone, even those who are authorized to speak, addicted and enslaved?