Tiona Nekkia Mcclodden
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“MY WORK EXPLORES SHARED IDEAS, VALUES, AND BELIEFS WITHIN THE AFRICAN DIASPORA, OR WHAT I CALL BLACK MENTIFACT”
—TIONA NEKKIA MCCLODDEN
Canceled
The Trace of an Implied Presence
Visual Art
Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah

BAM DEBUT

 
Due to the evolving COVID-19 situation and out of consideration for the health of our audiences, staff, and artists, this event has been canceled.

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The Trace of an Implied Presence is a new installation work produced as a result of Tiona McClodden’s research at the BAM Hamm Archives, in particular the archives of Dance Black America (DBA), the festival produced in 1983. Dance Black America was one of the most dynamic presentations of dance in America, presenting legendary Black dancers, choreographers, scholars, and dance companies through films, live presentations, panels, and workshops. The festival was presented April 21—24, 1983 through the collaboration of festival directors Mikki Shepard (lead curator), during her tenure at BAM, and co-organizer Patricia Kerr Ross (deceased ), who brought in the support of the State University of New York. The weekend festival explored the range of dance in America centering Blackness and the African diaspora over the span of 300 years, showcasing the richly diverse traditions of African-American dance in several categories: Black Dance on Film, Black Social + Street Dance, and Black Concert Dance.

McClodden presents an exploration of gestural-based movement, citation, and how these methods of movement work within and through the body across time and form across formal methods and media. With Shepard’s permission and participation, McClodden is creating an abstraction and "artistic addendum" to the Dance Black America festival. The multi-channel installation, presented in three parts, features: a master cut of Black dance on film and video; Writer Julinda D Lewis, Mikki Shepard, and The Rod Rogers Dance Company representing the choreographer who participated in the original 1983 program featured in a series of film portraits; and, lastly, a series of portraits featuring dancers performing the Philly Bop, the official dance of Philadelphia in several locations in North Philadelphia.

 
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The Rudin Family Gallery
BAM Strong

651 Fulton Street
Wed—Sun, 12pm—6pm and open one hour prior to shows in the Harvey Theater

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Trace of an Implied Presence
BIO
Tiona Nekkia McClodden
Tiona Nekkia McClodden is a visual artist, filmmaker, and curator whose work explores issues at the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and social commentary. She has exhibited and screened work at ICA Philadelphia; MoMA; the Whitney Museum; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and MoMA PS1, among others. She was awarded the 2019 Bucksbaum Award, out of the 75 artists whose works were selected for the 2019 Whitney Biennial. She lives and works in North Philadelphia.