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Tate Britain Elsa James

Late at Tate Britain, curated by Black Blossoms © Eugenio Falcioni, Tate Gallery, 2023

FREE TO FLOURISH

Durational Performance at Tate Britain 

Duration: 30:00 mins
 

In response to the theme 'Flourish', this durational performance repeatedly asked the audience, 'How can we be free to flourish?' using multiple vocal registers and bodily gestures to the point of exhaustion, resulting in the end of the performance. Throughout the performance, the audience was invited to call out a series of concerns scattered onto the gallery floor, which included Climate Crisis, War, Mental Health, COVID-19, Fake News, Racism, Misogyny, Misogynoir, Hate Crime, Ableism, Ageism, Homophobia, Fatphobia, Islamophobia, Transphobia, Antisemitism, Poverty, Water Contamination, Hunger, Gender Inequality, Human Rights, Child Marriage, Child Labour, Trafficking, The Metaverse and Social Media Stress.

Performed in Gallery G15, displaying British Art from 1760–1830 at Tate Britain, for a Late at Tate event curated by Black Blossoms responding to the theme of Flourish.


 

Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain
Elsa James: Late at Tate Britain

Inspired by a keynote speech by Justine Simons OBE, Deputy Mayor for Culture and the Creative Industries at the MORE BIG WOMEN conference at Firstsite.

All images are copyrighted by Eugenio Falcioni, Tate Gallery. Special thanks to Bolanle Tajudeen, Ese Onojeruo, Tram Nguyen, Husna Memon, Jasmine Pierre, and the Tate's Youth Advocates and Tate Collective Producers.

Related links

Black Blossoms

Gallery G15 at Tate Britain

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