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Thursday, September 6, 6:00pm
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Brooklyn-based artist Taja Lindley performs The Bag Lady Manifesta , an experimental exploration of memory. Lindley adorns and activates her Black, queer, female body with trash bags to traverse the dumping grounds and shadow side(s) of herself, the audience and the United States.
In a world that treats Black life as if it’s disposable, The Bag Lady is an urgent reckoning and revelation. She is the accumulation of discarded lives and abandoned histories wreaking havoc on the amnesia, the forgetting, the erasure and the silencing. Remembering is the responsibility of the living. Are you doing your work? Because an unacknowledged history produces ghosts.
This work is inspired by previous iterations of Lindley’s Bag Lady work, including This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering , and debuted at New York City’s Dixon Place September 2017 as the culmination of Lindley’s residency. Lindley is one of the artists featured in the upcoming Philbrook Downtown installation, “Remember This: Life on Video.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Taja Lindley is a healer, artist and activist, creating socially engaged artwork that reflects and transforms audiences, shifts culture and moves people to action. She uses movement, text, installation, ritual, and burlesque to create immersive works that are concerned with freedom, healing and pleasure. Her artwork has been featured at Spring/Break Art Show, Brooklyn Museum, New York Live Arts, La Mama Theater, in living rooms, classrooms, conferences and public spaces. She has received coverage in ELLE, NY Times, VICE, Blouin Art Info, Afropunk and Colorlines.
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