the space I am in: CONJURING 2018

Alisha B Wormsley
Civil Rights and Civil Wrongs: South Africa and US, May 25 – July 29, 2018
digital print, video, conjuring materials

Curated by Tavia La Follette


Curated by Tavia La Follette

Artist Statement

When existence is [in]formed by death one must conjure out of form to survive.
This work is a dialogue between black women and environment. Informed by collapse and time. To survive, one must know space.
I dream about black women. How we are constantly informed by our nature.
This nature encourages an understanding out of form.
So. What is “erasure” and what is a “conjuring” – and how might those lines overlap? How attached can we be in these interspaces? Even the space of body. There is repetition, returning again and again to a place to [re]build. What conjuring is used? Not just to survive but strive.

Audio excerpts from Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston
Read by Anqwenique Wingfield
Special thanks to Heather White and Artist Image Resource

About the Artist

Alisha B Wormsley is an interdisciplinary artist and cultural producer. Her work is about collective memory and the synchronicity of time, specifically through the stories of women of color.

Wormsley’s work has been honored and supported with several awards and grants to support programs: afronaut(a) film and performance series, Homewood Artist Residency (recently received the mayor’s public art award), the Children of NAN video art series, There Are Black People in the Future body of work, and her collaborative works with Lisa Harris in Studio Enertia. These projects and works have exhibited widely. Namely, the Andy Warhol Museum, Octavia Butler conference at Spelman University, Carnegie Museum of Art, Johannesburg SA, HTMLES in Montreal, Project Row House, the Houston Art League, Rush Art gallery in NY, and the Charles Wright museum in Detroit. Wormsley has a MFA in Film and Video from Bard College.