Bathtub is a multimedia performance installation event of radical intimacy and surrender by inviting an audience to experience a bath with a Black woman.

Tanisha Christie is a 2017 MAP Fund grantee for this project.


There are few spaces as private as the bath. It is here I have pondered the complexity of my emotions, my femininity, my sorrow and blackness unmediated by others. It is the place where I become intimate with my rage and anguish. It is here that I replenish and refuel. With this work, I am inviting others into this space and into a conversation of vulnerability. I’m curious to know how others are feeling and being in light current events - beyond social media. Is it possible for us to experience ourselves and others unmediated? Is skin-color a barrier to compassion? Can we respect each other’s sorrow? Is the expression of grief only of value in a consensus of opinion? Have we collectively mourned our inability to be humane to one another? Can we get to the other side of this? #areyouin

Conceived/Performed by: Tanisha Christie
Director: Kristin Horton
Video/Audio/Installation: JD Urban
Scenic Installation Design: Deb O
Animation: Mark Palkoski
Movement Advisor: Liz Lerman
Project Advisor:  Daniel Alexander Jones
Music: ClassicBeatz / Casey Stratton / Edson Sean

Tanisha Christie/ bathtub is a 2017 MAP Fund grantee and has received development support from The Lake Lucille Project. This work was created, in part, through the Artist in Residence Program at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Jerome Robbins Foundation and the Jerome Foundation.