RaSHAYLA MARIE BROWN (US, 1979)
Residency period: April-June 2019
Following my film, book and performance project Rage to Master, I am currently in the process of producing a feature-length performance film, a personal memoir and an audiobook with my mother, that feeds directly into the performance/installation, as well as a series of educational workshops to tour the performance. I also hoped to host a series of interviews about the role of human nature in decolonisation in the art world. I was able to do two performances relating to this topic, one at La Becque and one at 1.1 in Basel. I also ended up working with and interviewing local coloured queer artists to document a community I am interested in incorporating into my film work for future visits to Switzerland.
Rashayla Marie Brown (RMB) is an artist practicing through photography, performance, voice acting, writing, installation and video. Her work explores how words and images in art history, religion and popular culture can enact radical thought beyond mere representation. She has served as the inaugural Director of the Diversity and Inclusion at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has presented her projects at Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, Tate Modern, London and Turbine Hall, Johannesburg.
Video stills #1,2,3: Maybe You Don't Need To See, RMB, 2019
Video stills #4,5,6,7: Studio Documentation, RMB, 2019