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? Or is it only to be consumed? Have we collectively mourned our inability to be humane to one another? #theskinimin
Mediums: Photography / Video / Audio / Installation / Collage / Participatory Performance
Conceived and Performed by Tanisha Christie
JD Urban - Video/Audio/Photography/Builder/Design
Claudia Cinquegrana - Builder/Design asst.
Stacey Berry - Dress Design / Fabrication
Dress Fabric Collage: The Artist
Kristin Horton - Direction contribution
Jason Minnis, Edson Sean, Casey Stratton - Music Contribution
Liz Lerman, Liz Wolff - Movement/Dance Contribution
Daniel Alexander Jones, Deb O, Sue Makkoo, Adam Harrison, Elise Tirelli, Chazz Padilla - Project contribution
THE NEXT ITERATION OF THE WORK WILL SHOW AT THE SECOND WARD FOUNDATION IN HUDSON, NY IN JUNE 2018. www.secondward.org.
Tanisha Christie/ bathtub is a 2017 MAP Fund grantee and has received development support from The Second Ward Foundation and 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.