Ayanna Dozier

Ayanna Dozier, McGill University

Bound in Body, Gagged by the Present: The Politics of Re-Mixing the Archive in Juliana Huxtable?s There Are Certain Facts that Can Not Be Disputed

Black performance art resists the colonial construction of body as things. These performances express what Fred Moten states as the history of Blackness “being a testament that objects can and do resist.” This talk will analyze re-staging of Black femininity and history made by Juliana Huxtable at the 2015 Performa Biennial in her performance art piece There are Certain Facts that Can Not be Disputed. I argue that Huxtable use performance to “literally” stage an intervention in white supremacist cinematic images and histories. Filled with numerous video, music, and spoke-word interlude, There are Certain… compels spectators to participate in the world-making process that performance enables and in so doing remix the histories and narratives of Black women.

Ayanna Dozier is a PhD Candidate in Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University. Her dissertation focuses on race, gender, sexuality, and performance and visual culture. She has received the Graduate Excellence Award and the Abner Kingman Fellowship (McGill University). Her publications include: “Feeling Blue While Black: Aberrations of Affect in Black Experimental Short Films,” (Feminist Media Studies); “Affect and the ‘Fluidity’ of the Black Gendered Body in Water Ritual #1 (Liquid Blackness). She has also organized several conferences and curated art installations in New York. Dozier is also a performer who has created work based on the performances of celebrated artist Adrian Piper.