A performative conversation between Carol Tulloch (Chelsea College of Arts) and Sequoia Barnes (Edinburgh College of Arts) about black creativity and the fashioning of black women artists in relation to Senga Nengudi’s work. The concept of fashioning – the establishment of codes of dressing both engineered by and superimposed onto groups of people – offers one entry point into Nengudi’s work with works in the exhibition like Ceremony forFreeway Fets 1978 the R.S.V.P. series featuring costume and textiles associated with black bodies and women’s bodies.
With the intention of holding space, the form of open listening that allows for full emotional experience and healing in an encounter, Tulloch and Barnes will talk while sewing a quilt in an activity that is a longstanding signifier for black women’s traditions, storytelling & communal experience.
Image: Senga Nengudi Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1979. Documentation of performance and installation piece, Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles. Courtesy the artist; Lévy Gorvy, New York, London; and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. Photo: Quaku/Roderick Young.