Shadowing Josephine

Jade Montserrat (UK)

Thu 27 Oct 2016

High Street Exhibitional Gallery

15:00 – 18:00 // 180mins // Part of SPILL Passes

 


Image: Josephine and the Leopard, Still from film made with Webb-Ellis

SHADOWING JOSEPHINE RECOGNISES THE INDEBTEDNESS OWED TO JOSEPHINE BAKER, THE FIRST WIDELY CELEBRATED, INDEPENDENT BLACK CELEBRITY WHO EMERGED FROM COLONIAL AND SEGREGATION CONTEXTS.


Shadowing Josephine is a language, a tool to articulate a series of ideas: how outrage and prejudices can be performed; perceptions of the savage and barbaric heathens; tribal nuances and thinking about the Paris of the 1920s as a site of inequality; the spate of negrophilia there; how a change of circumstance for women was reinforced by the war; cultural diversity and tolerance; exoticism and anti-colonial; therefore, transgressive behaviours.


Jade Montserrat is a research-led artist. Performing the body is a political tool used to articulate the ideas and ideals of freedom underpinning her project The Rainbow Tribe. The Rainbow Tribe looks at freedom: of expression, covering civil and human rights and the role of recording and preserving history.


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