KIRTISCLARKE

As children of the water, from our root we have become dismembered, and scattered throughout the Atlantic whereby only blackness itself is where we can make our claim. Lifetimes lived apart begins with conversations about where we identify blackness in the relational gestures, verbal and non verbal communications present in our every day. From the nod to calling aunty, aunty - this vocabulary of utterances, codes and gestures are performative identifiers of a global and ever-present black vernacular.

Using a co-created process at it's core - words between strangers are translated into a choreography. Movements performed in digital space become abstract forms - a metal structure turned monument. Following research into the DAP, found footage and films taken during the making give clues toward heavy sculptural forms that use the typologies of fossilisation and excavation representative of the relationship between scattered populations and buried cultural knowledge.

Presented as sites for unknowable rituals to be reimagined, the work asks: In a present tense, how might we excavate cultures that have become fragmented? What does does it mean to materialise the personal in this historical moment.