When it’s time, it’s time

Posted in Uncategorized | February 11, 2011 | by emilyharney | No Comments

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A couple of impressionistic videos from Marc Bamuthi Joseph‘s recent residency at the University of North Carolina where he and creative collaborators Theaster Gates and Eli Jacob’s Fantauzzi spent a week interacting with students and working on the visual look and feel of red, black and GREEN: a blues.

At UNC these were used as “backdrops” for poetry performance, but even on their own they highlight a key element of this new work—the strength of individual stories, grounded in community and place, to express the inherent VALUE of LIFE. And the role of the artistic production in highlighting juxtaposing these multiple stories to create something that is more than the sum of its parts.

On a day when the people of Egypt have taken their future into their own hands by strength of will, and yet environmental regulations continue to be besieged in our own Congress, Theaster’s words resonate. When it’s time, it’s time.

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