HEART OF HAWICK
SATURDAY 29 APRIL
17:30 – 18:30 / 60′ including Q&A
The introduction and Q&A at this event will have BSL interpretation.
We are delighted to welcome artist filmmaker Maxime Jean-Baptiste to Hawick with a newly commissioned multimedia performance.
To Yield begins in darkness. Not just any darkness, but that of the cinema, when the lights go out just before the film begins, when the projection screen doesn’t yet exist, when bodies are audible but not visible, when voices start to speak, shout, from the outside: tired, in pain, this violence accumulated for centuries. When we yield to the darkness…
Maxime Jean-Baptiste is based between Brussels and Paris. His audiovisual and performance work is focused on archives and forms of re-enactment as a perspective to conceive a vivid and embodied memory.
To Yield follows the artist’s previous performance, Between Nothingness and Infinity, I Began to Weep, a multimedia portrait of his teenage cousin Lucas, who was murdered a decade ago in French Guiana. Writing for Film Comment earlier this year, critic and curator Julian Ross described that work as a ‘temporally and stylistically mercurial performance [that] aimed to defy the stereotyping of Black bodies, which its title — a quote from Frantz Fanon’s 1952 book, Black Skin, White Masks — explicitly invokes and resists.’