Choosing Home: A Right, A Privilege or An Act of Trespass, is a one night “visual inquiry” in which curator/collaborator Jovan C. Speller activates the Walker Art Center’s public spaces and initiates a multidisciplinary presentation where artists/collaborators Dyani White Hawk Polk, Alanna Morris-Van Tassel and Rosy Simas assess the current state of the North American landscape and one’s ability to claim it as home.
Those with the privilege of power over this land, the United States, proclaim that it has no official language, that it is made up of immigrants, and a place where freedom reigns. It was said to be a safe haven, a new start, a dream. But, what is home without the recognition and reconciliation of myths used as tools to manipulate and oppress generations of peoples? What is home when complicated by centuries of radical and violent displacement, forced relocation, captivity, migration, and colonization? The presenting artists react and recount these notions through the lenses of Native American, African American and Caribbean stories.
Dyani White Hawk, stepping into new multidisciplinary art practices and experimentation, will present a new performance centered around languages indigenous to this land, and a collaborative short film which explores overlaps in domestic and ceremonial ritual in Native American and African American cultures. Choreographer Rosy Simas will present a durational performance in reaction to the recent practice of institutional recognition of native land. Through movement, imagery and sound Simas will investigate feelings of non-belonging and the beginnings of division. Choreographer/Professional contemporary dancer Alanna Morris-Van Tassel will present a portion of her recent solo project entitled Yam, Potatoe an Fish! This is a multi-media performance exploring the passage of time and movement of people amidst Alanna’s family’s story of migration – from the Caribbean to Brooklyn, NY. It examines cultural loss and the meaning of being lost, while canvassing the significance of the spiritual and corporeal bond of sisters as they claim their relationship to family, history, culture, legacy, gifts, and story.