Bathtub is a multimedia performance installation event of radical intimacy and surrender by inviting an audience to experience a bath with a Black woman.
The impetus for this project came from the over-saturated mediated narrative of violence against Black bodies, particularly in the United States. No age, race, or economic status is exempt from its effects.
Watching the video of Michael Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, reaction to the non-indictment verdict and seeing this private moment now public about the very public death of her son that now has a stream of stranger’s hate-filled comments beneath. If a mother cannot mourn her sons or daughter’s deaths without critique….
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