Ja’Tovia Gary: Giverny I (Négresse Impériale)

November 8, 2018–January 27, 2019 | Opening Reception: Sat., November 10 @ 5:00-7:00 p.m.
855 Commonwealth Avenue
Tuesday–Sunday from 12 to 6 p.m.

Gary’s filmic collage, shot on location in Claude Monet’s garden in Giverny, France, examines the parlous nature of Black women’s bodily integrity, the ethics of care as resistance work, and how violence persists across hierarchical class structures. Set against the backdrop of the West’s continued global imperialist campaigns and its historical and contemporary artistic canon, this experimental video features a mélange of HD video, archival footage, and analog animation to posit a decolonized gaze in the re-telling of modern history.

Image: Ja’Tovia Gary: Giverny I (Négresse Impériale), 2017 (film still). Courtesy the artist.