Jefferson Pinder’s video installation Juke.
November 18 - January 6 2007
Reception for the artist Saturday November 18th 6:30 – 8:30 pm
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There are hundreds (if not thousands) of unspoken rules of engagement in this never ending fight of racism in the United States. Popular music has been a dynamic changing battleground. Music has always been segregated. Juke is a musical installation that wrestles with serious issues in the most unfamiliar way. Can music be either black or white? Can song be used as an instrument to provoke a conversation about race?
Jefferson Pinder is exploring segregation with his new musical installation Juke. Taking a note from Andy Warhol’s Screen Test’s, Pinder directs a series of music-based performances. The spectator is invited to watch intimate narratives of ten Afro-Americans that goes beyond the actual music itself. Placed in front of stark white background, each performer is in contrast to their surroundings. In a minimal presentation, they all utilize music as a vehicle to wrestle and connect with identity.
Influenced by pop-culture, Pinder assembles an anthology of powerful soliloquies. In Juke, music is the driving force for a social experiment, in which the underlying challenge is for viewer to get beyond seeing in black and white.
Jefferson Pinder is currently featured in an exhibition in Warsaw, Poland titled black alphabet – conTEXTS of contemporary african-american art. In March 2007, Jefferson’s work will be featured in Urbanite Magazine in Baltimore, MD.
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