ECLIPSING Festival Day 2

ECLIPSING Festival Day 2

Gabrielle Civil, A.J. McClenon

Fri, February 2, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $20

Tickets at the Door

A celestial body is eclipsed when another body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The concept of the eclipse exposes common associations with night and darkness, and may reveal the way dark and night spaces provide a place to challenge dominant and oppressive systems, structures and ways of seeing.

Artists within the Eclipsing series possess the ability to cross boundaries between media and mobilize darkness within their works, harnessing darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities. In dealing with darkness these artist, performers, musicians and healers dissect power. Power as it is defined and perpetrated by the systems that be, and a deeper power that may reside in the depths of a dark night sky or the pitch black pupil of an eye.

ECLIPSING: the politics of night, the politics of light
ECLIPSING: the politics of night, the politics of light
A celestial body is eclipsed when another larger body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the smaller body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The concept of the eclipse exposes common associations with night and darkness, and may reveal the way dark and night spaces provide a place to challenge dominant and oppressive systems, structures and ways of seeing.

Artists within the Eclipsing series possess the ability to cross boundaries between mediums and mobilize darkness within their works, harnessing darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities. In dealing with darkness these artist, performers, musicians and healers dissect power. Power as it is defined and perpetrated by the systems that be, and a deeper power that may reside in the depths of a dark night sky or the pitch black pupil of an eye.

Artists within the eclipsing series show us that there is something hidden there. In true darkness there is tremendous power. These artists shed light on the marginal, mysterious, spectacular spaces of night.
Gabrielle Civil
Gabrielle Civil
Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist and poet, originally from Detroit MI. She has premiered over forty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation of practice as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

Q & A
What do we ask of art? of the black woman artist? How do we question and answer each other? In this interactive, improvisational work, black feminist performance artist Gabrielle Civil turns the usual post-performance Q&A into an extended ritual of live art inter/actions. Body / politics, movement and presence emerge in and from the dark... Be ready to ask, answer and play... All welcome.
A.J. McClenon
A.J. McClenon
A.J. McCLENON | LEAD ZEPPELIN CAN'T STEAL MY DADDY"S BLACK
In progress work by A.J. McClenon
Featuring Jamillah Hinson & Simone Simone

In honor of my father's passing and to my grandfather and Bill, I'd like to dedicate space for an in-progress work that explores an existence with inherent consequences on family, fatherhood and the power of unconditional love. From the perspective of a daughter, an inner-child and a living BLACK body, I invite you all to witness memory as history and fragile gifts through sound, movement and robust articulations.

AJ was born and raised in "D.C. proper," where they learned to fish and wander. Raised by southern grandparents, Nelba & Ernest and a D.C. native mom named Patricia Ann, aunts Cassie & Lalu and mom's boyfriend Bill. Humid summers spent between D.C., Baltimore and New York. A.J's work sets personal narratives alongside empirical data, leveling the hierarchies of truth. AJ holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. AJ has also studied at Eugene Lang College. AJ has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Terrain Exhibitions, Gallery 400, Compliance Divisions, Fine Art Complex 1101 and Longwood Arts Center. AJ is currently the co-director of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. AJ is also a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/