Fly | Drown

Presented by Taylor Aldridge and Jennifer Harge

 

Fly | Drown is a movement performance and social sculpture that simulates Black interior domestic spaces, and celebrates how such interiors aid in the self-possession and pleasure practices of Black women.

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About the Artist

Taylor Renee Aldridge is a writer and independent curator. In 2015 she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Taylor has held a curatorial position at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, and The National Museum of American History. Taylor has written for Art21, ARTNews, ContemporaryAnd, SFMoMA’s Open Space and Hyperallergic. She received her M.L.A from Harvard University with a concentration in Museum Studies and B.A from Howard University with a concentration in Art History. She is a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow in Literary Arts.

Jennifer Harge is a Detroit based educator and movement artist. Her physical syntax embodies an ever-changing relationship to gravity, blackness, and the teetering between surviving and thriving. Her creative research is committed to black and queer vernacular gestures, codes, and rituals as a way of writing in and exploring histories that have been misnamed or gone unnoticed. Harge’s most recent creative research is anchored in racialized surveillance, hyper- masculinity/femininity, domesticity and Black churchicality. In 2014 she founded Harge Dance Stories to create a movement and performance platform centering Black subjectivity. Harge has been recognized by various institutions across the country in the form of awards and choreographic invitations, including: Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Knight Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Washington National Cathedral, Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Queer Art Foundation, University of Michigan, Duke University, and Wayne State University. She is a 2017 Kresge Artist Fellow.