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CANCELLED: Performance: Justine A. Chambers, Heirloom

Due to unforeseen circumstances, this performance has been cancelled.

A program of:
Sediment: The Archive as a Fragmentary Base

Wednesday, January 17, 2024
East Common Room, Hart House
7 Hart House Circle

Justine A. Chambers is a movement-based artist whose practice is found in collaborative creation, close observation, and the idea of choreography as a living archive. Her new iteration of Heirloom presents an archive of evolving vernacular gestures and apparel. In its embodied iteration, Chambers transports cultural knowledge of American Black communities throughout the antebellum, reconstruction, the Great Northward Migration, and Civil Rights eras, up to the present-day clubs and neighbourhood cookouts. Associated with cultural survival and continuity, the artist’s gestures across generations, establishing a third space beyond the surveillance and over-policing of Black bodies and space.

This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

About the Artist

Justine A. Chambers’s work is based in collaborative creation, close observation, and the idea of choreography as living archive. She is concerned with a choreography of the everyday; with the unintentional dances, as she describes them “that are already there.” She emerges from the Black American Diaspora, bi-racial and a dual citizen. Her practice extends from this continuum, and its entanglements with western contemporary dance and visual art practices. Recent choreographic projects include Zephyrs, Heirloom, And then this also, One hundred more, tailfeather, for all of us, among many others. Her work has been hosted at the Libby Leshgold Gallery at ECUAD, Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery at Concordia, Contemporary Art Gallery (Vancouver), Sophiensaele (Berlin), Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, and in many dance festivals across Canada. She is Max Tyler-Hite’s mother.

Image: Justine A. Chambers, Heirloom, 2023–. Performance documentation. Courtesy of the artist


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