COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi

Serpentine Pavilion

26 Jul 2019 - 8:00 PM

COS x Serpentine Park Nights 2019:
Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi

Shawanda Corbett presented Blackbird in Mississippi, a performance in which the protagonist, haar wese, time travels to Mississippi where music offers her a voice in her quest to find placement in displacement. 

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Artist Shawanda Corbett presented Blackbird in Mississippi, a performance from the perspective of a black woman with a disability, in which the artist draws parallels between a slave’s voyages on the underground railroad to the artist’s own journey for rehabilitation.

Blackbird in Mississippi

Written and Directed by Shawanda Corbett

Performed by Shawanda Corbett

Choreography by Albert Corbett

Violinist Andrea Fortier

Performed with House Gospel Choir
Vocal Arrangement & Choral Direction by Harrison Atlee
Choir: Anton Denny, Cartell Green Brown, Leon Jacques, Leanna Leid, Zaza Lewis-Wright,  Monique Meade, Siziwe Sayiya, Aeo Smith and Antoinette Thelwell

Shawanda Corbett’s interdisciplinary practice addresses the question of what is a complete body, looking at the different cycles of a human’s life through cyborg theory. She uses her perspective as a woman of colour with a disability to root theory into reality. Corbett’s performances are developed around the architecture of a particular space. Collaborating with choreographer, Albert Corbett, she responds to the performance space through a live inner dialogue. Corbett’s performances incorporate her ceramics practice, where the human body, architecture and dance leave their traces on her pottery vessels and surfaces. Corbett is pursuing a doctoral degree in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art and Wadham College, University of Oxford.

Andrea Fortier is a musician and sonic artist. Classically trained in viola performance, she studied under Toby Appel and the late Michael Tree at the Juilliard School, on full scholarship thanks to the generosity of the Greene Fellowship. After graduating with her Bachelors in 2018, Andrea received her Masters in Fine Art from the Ruskin School of Art in 2019, with distinction.

House Gospel Choir is the place where spirituality and the euphoria of the dancefloor come together. Founded by Creative Producer and vocalist Natalie Maddix, HGC is a home for anyone who has ever found themselves lost in music at a festival, or in a nightclub, or on the tube on the way to work.

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COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
Shawanda Corbett park nights

Shawanda Corbett park nights

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett, Blackbird in Mississippi, © 2019 Talie Rose Eigeland
COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett

COS x Serpentine Galleries Park Nights 2019: Shawanda Corbett

Shawanda Corbett, Haar Wese, 2019, performance, violinist: Andrea Fortier, dancer: Shawanda Corbett. Courtesy of the artist
Shawanda Corbett cyborg

Shawanda Corbett cyborg

Shawanda Corbett, Cyborg Case Study 2, digital film, 10', 2017
Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett, Haar Wese, 2019, performance, violinist: Andrea Fortier, dancer: Shawanda Corbett. Courtesy of the artist
Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett, haar wese: masculinity, live performance, 2019. Violist: Andrea Fortier Dancer: Shawanda Corbett. Commissioned by Electronic Music Practice Research Collective (EMPRES) and Modern Art Oxford. Photo by: Vicki Bailey
Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett, Gazes, digital photograph, 2016
Shawanda Corbett evocation

Shawanda Corbett evocation

Shawanda Corbett, evocation of buked, 2018, performance. Courtesy of the artist
Shawanda Corbett evocation

Shawanda Corbett evocation

Shawanda Corbett, evocation of buked, 2018, performance. Courtesy of the artist
Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett haarwese

Shawanda Corbett, haar wese, performance, 2019. Violist: Andrea Fortier
Shawanda Corbett cyborg

Shawanda Corbett cyborg

Shawanda Corbett, Cyborg Case Study 2, digital film, 10', 2017