FLY | DROWN is a month long installation taking place at the Detroit Artists Market which includes a series of performances, workshops and salon talks conceptualized by dance artist Jennifer Harge and curator Taylor Aldridge.
Fly | Drown platforms the ways in which Black domestic spaces have provided sites for Black womxn to exercise acts of pleasure and self-sovereignty. The exhibition will simulate Harge’s grandparents home in Highland Park, MI where they landed after traveling north during the Great Migration. Fly | Drown uses Black migration routes as a point of departure to invoke lineages belonging to Black domestic spaces in the Midwest and gestures toward practices that honor and queer ancestral legacies. Aldridge and Harge have invited scholars, friends, family members and other artists to illuminate the personal and communal historic musings of Black vernacular interior space. FLY | DROWN suggests that the embodied memories and artifacts that belong to the architectural renderings of Black domestic spaces have enabled fellowship, grieving, archiving, and the development of queer genealogy.
The performances, carried out by Harge, will tell an interwoven story of reclamation in Black queer infantilized flesh. Performances will take place on the following dates at 7:30pm:
Friday, September 13th
Friday, September 20th
Friday, October 4th
Friday, October 11th
Friday, October 18th
Salon Talks + Meals
Salon Talks will engage scholars, writers, dancers and/or relatives of Jennifer Harge, and will illuminate texts, movement forms and lived experiences that have informed the crux of FLY | DROWN. All talks will take place at 2pm followed by a meal.
“The Archaeology of a Family Recipe” Facilitator Crystal Michelle Perkins-- September 14th
“Devotion as Method” with Jennifer Harge and Taylor Renee Aldridge-- September 21st
“Homemaking through Activism” with writer, Labor organizer, Marsha Philpot--October 5th
“Otherlogue” with mover and artist Bree Gant-- October 12th
“Oracle Building Workshop + Discussion” with scholar Alexis Pauline Gumbs-- October 19th
A series of movement and sound workshops will be offered each Tuesday during the duration of the exhibition, facilitated by scholars, artists and the artist’s family members. Workshops will celebrate movement and sonic practices that take place within, and drive the domestic. All workshops will take place at 6pm unless otherwise noted:
“Choreographing Black Space” led by The Gathering Detroit -- October 1st
“Otherlogue” led by Bree Gant -- October 8th
“Mundane Sonics” led by Sterling Toles --October 15th (4-5:30pm)