Parade of Champions | Michèle Pearson Clarke
Studio XX in partnership with Vidéographe are proud to present: Michèle Pearson Clarke – Parade of Champions
Opening: Saturday, September 16th, 2017 from 12 PM to 5 PM
Conversation between Michèle Pearson Clarke and Alanna Thain: Saturday September 16th, 2017 at 3:30 PM
We will also celebrate the launch of esse‘s 91st issue addressing the theme of LGBT+ !
Exhibition: September 16th to October 21th, 2017
@ Studio XX
Parade of Champions explores the grief experiences of three black queer people, following the deaths of their mothers. Although grief is borne from loss of any kind, for an adult child, a mother’s death is incomparable. As universal and inevitable as it might be, this suffering is complicated by the restriction on mourning in our culture. Grief upsets us. It makes us uncomfortable. The bereaved are expected to mourn in private or at the very most, publicly for a short period only. For black queers, already unseen and othered, grieving a mother’s death requires a further pushing back against notions of disposability and invisibility.
Drawing on the artist’s personal experience after her mother’s death in 2011, Parade of Champions centres this black queer counter-narrative in creating a poetic encounter with loss. Employing still video portraits and audio interviews, this immersive three-channel installation invites viewers to bear witness to this black queer grief.
Studio XX sincerely thanks Vidéographe for its support as partner of this event.