Love|Forte's "Memory Witholdings"
Presented by BAX's Artists-in-Residence, Nia Love + Marjani Forte
is excited to announce
Memory Witholdings grew out of a year-long study that seeks to identify hidden traces of accumulated memories among African and African descendant communities who have undergone generations of suppression. As African descendant women, they have become rooted through culture -- a culture retained notably in in the preparation of food where stories upon stories are held and passed among generations over the stove and at the Kitchen table. Love|Fortè posits that in memory there are signs that demarcate a common language. They're asking how does the captive mind look in memory, and are there stories, hopes, dreams, desires, and fears that color it's landscape, architecture, and geography?
Since 1991, our Artist In Residence program has served as a core for our work with artists. The AIR program provides participating artists with one to two years of uninterrupted artistic, technical, and administrative support, as well as the rehearsal space and guidance necessary to take chances, refine their craft and expand their horizons.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
The creative marriage of Nia Love and Marjani Fortè, LOVE|FORTÈ A COLLECTIVE is a research/process, performance, and teaching geared collective, with a commitment to social and politically conscious art making that connects the human experience through generations. They have developed work and a teaching methodology that reflects their identity as artists of successive generations, reflecting an Africanist approach to learning and evolution. LOVE|FORTÈ is interested in re-defining the Performance Experience, through a commitment to the PROCESS of art making via choreographic and Improvisational-based Performance, and an equal valuing of Research and Embodied Memory as profound sources in the creative process. They embrace a spectrum of performance venues and spaces i.e. theatre, installation/gallery, and site-specific spaces. Current and recent activities include site-specific investigation as a part of our pluralistic training for young artists in dance (Dance Without Walls), WOW Café, DanceNOW at Joe's Pub performance, Judson Church, and No Longer Empty Exhibit/Site-Specific.
The Artists-in-Residence Program is supported by The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York State Council on the Arts, the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York Community Trust, Mertz Gilmore Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and The Jerome Foundation.
Our programs have been featured in several NYC and national publications, celebrating our continued support of artists of all ages.