A new site-specific installation by Christina Pettersson at Locust Projects, In the Pines transforms the Project Room into a cemetery populated by early South Florida people and local figures unknown to most current residents. A lasting impression of the collective past, cemeteries are perfectly designed to contemplate the past's narrative and act as a memorial. Surrounded by drawings inspired by local sites, visitors will be able to create grave rubbings from handmade tombstones and view a video of the artist's travels through historic areas. The installation celebrates South Florida's history by mourning what has been lost while also taking back the cemetery for the living, strengthening our sense of community by honoring the dead and exploring their forgotten history. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of public activations.
Language is Leaving Me is a new multimedia installation by artist Summer Jade Leavitt that confronts histories and untold truths lost due to institutional and patriarchal silencing and erasure.
Inspired by queer bar culture, the project transforms Locust Projects’ Screening Room into a fantastical, dream-like, night-club-esque environment that utilizes karaoke videos and found footage, repurposing ready-made texts and transforming their language into a powerful narrative about memory, bodies, invisibility, trauma, love, and community. A dentist chair, associated with being unable to speak, an invasion of space, and something put in or removed from the mouth, instead acts as a stage and a place to locate one’s voice and participate in a reclamation of voice and autonomy. Surrounded by karaoke videos and lyrics, and lit with a spotlight, the chair becomes a symbol of welcoming and invites the viewer to sing along, creating a participatory experience for non-judgmental, carefree performance and allowing participants to be audience members and creators. Aiming to juxtapose power dynamics between spaces of freedom and those where there the body is voiceless, the work finds language as a tool and invites viewers to share a sense of power, autonomy, and joy.
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