INSIDE THE CORAL GABLES MUSEUM:
Deborah Willis. “Meditation on Joan Baez’s Civil War”, 2019
2-Channel Video, MP4, 00:04’:23”. Dancers: Kevin Boseman and Djassi Johnson
Courtesy of Deborah Willis and Bernice Steinbaum
Released in 2018, Whistle Down the Wind was the final album of folk singer and activist Joan Baez, on which she covered nine different contemporary songwriters, to present her take on our contemporary cultural turmoil. As a collaborative project, each song on the album was interpreted by a visual artist, and Deborah Willis (Pennsylvania, USA, 1948), chose the song “Civil War” as inspiration for her video. Here, a young couple performs a waltz while historical and contemporary photographs are projected onto their bodies. Willis says, by “using my own photographs and projected images from the archive of the 19th century and the work of [her son] Hank Willis Thomas, I wanted to foreground memory, clothing, objects through the pace of a waltz.” The work features the choreographer and dancers Djassi Johnson and Kevin Boseman, weaving together the past and present, man and woman, the personal and the political, to spellbinding effect.
From the exhibition "Alien Nations 2020” December 1st – March 14th, 2021 | Carol A. Fewell Gallery, Coral Gables Museum.
In online collaboration with Lehman College Art Gallery. Curated by Yuni Villalonga, Chief Curator, Coral Gables Museum, and Bartholomew Bland, Executive Director, Lehman College Art Gallery
COMING SOON: A conversation between artist Deborah Willis and exhibition curator, Yuni Villalonga, as part of the series, The Nation I Inhabit.
Learn more about the show at the link in our bio!
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