About the Work
HD video, color, sound
TRT: approx. 12m
Featuring: Alexis Page
Harp: Jess Garland
Additional recording: Steffani Jemison
Sound: Sean T. Davis / the HalfStyle
Figure 8 comes out of Jemison’s collaboration with athlete, Alexis Page. “Figure 8” describes the movement of the camera, which moves around the body of the performer, as Page muses aloud on continuity and fluency of gesture. Working together, Jemison and Page have created a shared lexicon of movement, which they explore both as a Black feminist research method, an art-making strategy, and as way of approaching the everyday and the at-hand with virtuosity.
About the Artist
Steffani Jemison is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers issues that arise when conceptual practices are inflected by black history and vernacular culture. She has participated widely in exhibitions, screenings, and readings. In 2011, she presented her collaborative project, Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet, at the New Museum of Contemporary Art. She presented her solo project, Plant You Now, Dig You Later, at Mass MoCA in 2017-18. The 2019 Whitney Biennial featured her piece Sensus Plenior. She has participated in artist residencies at the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Project Row Houses, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She is a past fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2020. She is currently an Assistant Professor in Media for the Department of Art & Design at Mason Gross at Rutgers University. Her work is represented by Kai Matsumiya gallery.
This exhibition was supported by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.