swell rise break sediment, an Exhibit of Works by Tia Simone-Gardner
JAN 21 - FEB 15, 2020
Reception: SAT | JAN 25 | 8 - 10 PM
Free and open to the public
swell rise break sediment examines the work of landscape imaging through the lens of Black geographies. Landscape, here, is seen as terraformation and human intervention in the environment, landscape. The work in this exhibition grapples with the horizontal perspectives, from which the horizon is derived, and verticality, the use of aerial imaging as a point of view and a point of departure. Gardner uses film and surveillance technology, such as body cameras, to create a series of moving and still-image works literally and metaphorically drawn from histories of French, Spanish, and American-British landscapes along the Mississippi River. Thinking through Walter Johnson's ideas of anti-black carceral landscapes, she is interested in coupling this work with, a Black feminist geographies via the work of Katherine McKittrick and Sylvia Wynter to approach Guy Debord’s theory of dérive, critical movement/walking, methods of studying urban and rural sites in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.
Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar. She is a UMN Department of Art - Diverse Artists' Residency Program recipient. Her creative and scholarly practice involves interdisciplinary strategies that engage ideas of ritual, iconoclasm, and geography. Gardner received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2009, she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania, and she recently received her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies from the Department Gender Women's and Sexuality Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is currently working on a project on Blackness and the Mississippi River, as well as expanding her dissertation, titled 'Sensing Place: House-Scale, Black Geographies, and a Humanly Workable City,' into an artist book and a series of site-specific installations.
Diversity of Backgrounds and Experiences Artists in Residence Program Description
The Diverse Artists’ Residency Program offers studio space to artists within a vibrant university art research environment that is committed to cultural transformation. This one-year residency presents an opportunity for artists to focus on their creative work and interact with the Department of Art community. The goal of this program is to create an open space for artists of diverse backgrounds to access the department’s facilities, exchange thoughts and ideas, share their perspectives, and to expand the inclusiveness of this community. It is envisioned as an expansive space that connects artists and their communities with the Department of Art. The program provides a unique opportunity for artists to challenge themselves and build relationships through dialogue and collaboration with other artists, while engaging with and informing the culture and educational life of the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota.