Event Details

The Middle Passage

Time: February 11, 2017 at 12pm to February 19, 2017 at 3pm
Location: Open Source Gallery
Street: 306 17th St
City/Town: Brooklyn
Event Type: performance, &, exhibition
Organized By: Kate Ladenheim/The People Movers x The Vanderbilt Republic
Latest Activity: Feb 7, 2017

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Event Description

The Vanderbilt Republic × The People Movers proudly present The Middle Passage — a four-week performance art narrative in site-specific camera obscura at Open Source Gallery.

The Middle Passage is a performance art series curated by George Del Barrio & Kate Ladenheim at Open Source, remade as a focused camera obscura with multiple projections of the world outside the gallery
as surface-mapped stages — upside-down and backwards.

The obscura presents inside the gallery what is outside of the gallery; our world, and specifically, a gentrifying Brooklyn block in a neighborhood that is undergoing modern day colonization. These are the rippling effects of the middle passage: cruelty, entitlement, disregard for communities. The obscura presents and subverts these images, and makes it clear that they are subject to our own perspective and manipulation. 

The obscura also represents a meeting of white spaces and black spaces; these are brought together with the acknowledgement of the faults of white people and the strength and resiliency of black/POC bodies.

Performances in obscura will be staged by daylight every weekend through February 19: 

Same As Sister (S.A.S.) × Intrinsic Grey


Dances for Solidarity × A Theatre Genesis feat. Chee Malabar

Tickets coming soon. 

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