Opening: 22-07-2016 20:00
Date: July 22, 2016
BLACK WALKS: Τhe Politics of Walking
Screening and presentation
by Dominique Baron-Bonarjee (curated by the Milena principle / Made of Walking)
I walk through cities as a human ‘measure’: to measure spaces through the body…
Urbanization is a central aspect of contemporary human ecology.
Within this structured existence, human movement is ‘choreographed’ to fit, so as to be apprehended: commuter, consumer, protester, vagrant, loiterer.
Black Walks has taken place in four capital cities since 2012.
Centered around a black flag it sets out to poetically explore the notion of citizenship and what it means to ‘belong’ in the city.
Both pilgrimage and revolt, the walks weave urban narratives through cities.
From Tokyo to London, Paris and Berlin this performance has developed into a ‘transmitter’ that both attracts and reflects current public opinions and fears.
'In black lies the possibility of hope.' Derek Jarman
Black Walks is a movement project that inspires collaboration, invites discussion and creates a record of the changing preoccupations of different societies.
As a roaming art project it responds to many of the contemporary yearnings for collectivity, a-politicism, simplicity, silence.
Dominique Baron-Bonarjee, British / French / Indian.
Performance, live art, visual art, writing.
Dominique has a multi-disciplinary approach in her art and performance practice.
She creates powerful images that disturb accepted structures of society and identity and explore the gaps in between.
The primacy of the body and its’ connection to the space and environment recurs within her work, and draws inspiration from Butoh’s ideology of ‘body material’.
Her nomadic journeys are a conscious way to address her identity as an artist and to become aware of the social and cultural influences of place on her work.
Being from a mixed background, Indian and French and growing up in Europe and Africa, her references are varied pushing her to constantly question the concept of ‘otherness’ within her own experience of the unknown.
Dominique is based in London and has presented her work internationally in the USA, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, France, Armenia, India and Japan.
- Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines (2015)
- NIE Gallery, Singapore (2015)
- Hagiso Gallery, Tokyo (2013)
- Onca Gallery, Brighton UK (2013)
- Parlour Showrooms, Bristol UK (2013)
Talks and presentations:
2015 ‘Body in the Contemporary City’, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona.
2015 ‘Beyond Contamination‘, Performance Studies International PSi Conference | Aomori Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.
2015 ‘Where to? The future of walking arts‘, Falmouth University, UK.