Urban Video Project (UVP) & Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, NY.
November 6 – December 27, 2014
Urban Video Project (UVP) and parent organization Light Work are pleased to announce the exhibition of “Shuffle”(2009) and “Shake” (2011) by celebrated multimedia artist, Sanford Biggers from November 6-December 27, 2014. This exhibition marks the second major exhibition of “Celestial Navigation: a year into the afro future”, a year-long program of exhibitions and events at Urban Video Project and partner organizations that takes afrofuturism as its point of departure.
“Shuffle” is about the struggle between our own perception of self vs. others’ projections onto us. “Shuffle” also examines how we matriculate through society, often masking our insecurities, pain, longing and the internal schizophrenia of our id. Original soundtrack composed from the artist’s field recordings made in Indonesia.
“Shake”, the second video of the trilogy, follows Camillo as he walks from the favelas (or shantytowns) of Brazil, to the ocean before finally transforming into an androgynous silver-skinned figure. Though the final imagery is straight out of Afrofuturism, recalling the specific costuming and aesthetics of P-Funk, it is remains extraordinarily human at the same time, referencing the soul searching of Greek mythology.