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Zinzi Minott

Black on Black

Sat 11 - Sun 19 June

Visit the multi-screen audio-visual installation on Level 1 consisting of archival footage and other accompanying material from Zinzi Minott’s personal image collection, with a newly commissioned score created and curated by Gaika.

Minott's work interrogates dance as a form of labour and the limits of the body through repetition, duration and exhaustion, referencing Black Queer life.

Dance, Blackness and Queerness are passed on via a witnessing; transcribed from body to body to form a physical archive of Black and Queer lineage. How is movement handed on and shared across the African Diaspora? What are the embodied languages of Black lives across generations and geolocations? Perhaps the body itself, and a shared physical vocabulary, is the most tangible archive for remembering Black life and histories. Dance’s ephemerality is a tactic of resistance, and not an archival problem to be solved.

Lead Artist: Zinzi Minott
Producer: Zinzi Minott, Luisa Ulyett, Nephertiti Schandorf (2020)
Artist assistant: Paris Cian (2019-2021)
Sound: Gaika
Moving image: Anita Safowaa, Annetta Laufer (2020-2021), Joi Productions
Costume: Calli Roche
Choreography contributors: Greta Mendez, Harold Offeh, Keyon Gaskin, Malik Nashad Sharpe, Onyeka Igwe, Yewande YoYo Odunubi & Rowdy SS

Commissioned by CONTINUOUS, a partnership between BALTIC and Siobhan Davies Studios.