Phoebe Boswell: The Black Horizon

[Do We Muse on the Sky or Remember the Sea?]
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Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans
Prospect New Orleans

The Black Horizon [Do We Muse On The Sky Or Remember The Sea?] is a site-specific installation by UK-based multidisciplinary artist Phoebe Boswell. The work was on view in the CAC's Oval Gallery as part of Prospect.5: Yesterday we said tomorrow, from December 12, 2021 until January 23, 2022.

Through charcoal and pastel portraits drawn by Boswell onto the Oval Gallery walls over the course of a month, the installation imagines water as a site for a porous gathering of portraits, voices, and stories from across the African diaspora, creating a meditative space in which visitors are encouraged to imagine Black futures and Black freedom.

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On View
Sunday Dec 12, 2021 – Sunday Jan 23, 2022
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Watch the Performance: The Black Horizon

Recorded live on December 12, 2021, Boswell's installation opened with a special one-time performance featuring a musical soundscape created and performed by musician, collaborator, and saxophonist JD Allen, accompanied by instrumental and spoken-word musings on freedom gathered from Black writers, thinkers, and artists that have collaborated with or have inspired the artist.

Enjoy the full performance with commentary from Phoebe Boswell, below!

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