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

Serpentine Pavilion

26 Jul 2019 - 8:00 PM

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

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Shawanda Corbett presents 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 presents 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.

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.

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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, 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