Artist Projects

Poor People's TV Room


Peter Born , Okwui Okpokwasili

Inspired in part by the Women’s War of 1929 in Nigeria, Poor People’s TV Room is a multidisciplinary performance work that plays in a discursive performance space concerned with the entanglement of visibility and shared embodiment, with the spectral and insistent presence of forgotten women.  It is a speculative, impressionistic work grounded in a narrative of the bodies of brown women. In her inquiry into the Igbo Women’s War, Okpokwasili discovered the empowered role of women as stewards of the pre-colonial marketplace and how the colonial project sought to supplant women in the market with men. The current spate of suicide bombings in Northern Nigerian markets, often carried out by young women violently coerced or radicalized by Boko Haram, presents a twisted and violent irony where young women are visible not as caretakers of the market but as an existential threat. As her work often entangles histories of grief and desire, the TV room in Poor People’s TV Room is an attempt to open up a space where history is excavated by the body even after the mind has lost its ability to remember. The TV room is a kind of resistance or talking back to the disappearance of black women in cultural narratives, especially as empowered agents of their own change. 

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    Peter Born

    Peter Born is a director, designer and filmmaker. In addition to
his work with Okpokwasili, he is currently collaborating with David Thomson on a cyc…

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    Okwui Okpokwasili

    Okwui Okpokwasili is a New York-based writer, performer and choreographer. She is currently the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist.&nbsp…

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  • Events

    Apr 19 – Apr 29, 2017
    Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born Premiere Their Creative Capital Project



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    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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