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Artist Talk + Closing Performance: Ah New Riddim
September 16 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Join us for a conversation about the development of Ah New Riddim with artist Christie Neptune on Saturday, September 16 from 4-8p at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, followed by performances with special guests and invited audience participation.
4:15-5:30 – Talk + Q&A
6:00-7:00 – Interactive performance with Joseph Neptune (DJ Kul’Cha), Wayne Clarke (DJ Clark), Danell Nicholas (DJ X-Rated), and audience followed by a performance from Dancehall artist Ayana Sheree.
Ah New Riddim (2023) is the third and final iteration of the multimedia series Constructs and Context Relativity (2019-2023) by interdisciplinary artist Christie Neptune. The installation and interactive documentary examines the spatial-temporal relationship of memory and place embedded within the implosion of dancehall culture in East Flatbush. The film utilizes 80’s dancehall archival footage, the quiet of black subjectivity, and concentric interactive storytelling to expound the relationship between black globality and dancehall in the American urban. In a pivot around her embodied experience as a black Caribbean American, Neptune considers the potential of black popular culture in marking space. Can the axiologies and stories oscillating at the margins mark the discourse of Western logic positioned at the center, and how might this marking register in visual representations of the urban?
Christie Neptune lives in Brooklyn, New York. She received her M.S. in Art, Culture, and Technology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and B.A. in Visual Arts from Fordham University. Neptune’s work has been exhibited at venues including: Gagosian, New York; We Buy Gold, New York; Martos Gallery, New York; Tilton Gallery, New York; Vox Populi, Philadelphia; the Bronx Museum of the Arts; and the Queens Museum, amongst others. Her work is in the collection of the Worcester Art Museum, Massachusetts. In 2021, she was awarded the Prix Medeos in connection with Grant Wahlquist gallery’s presentation of her work at Art-o-rama, Marseille. Her work has been widely discussed in publications such as 4 Columns, Artforum, Hyperallergic, the New York Times, Vogue, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post. Her numerous awards and residencies include Cornell University’s \Art Award, LES Studio Program at Artists Alliance Inc, Light Work Artist-in-Residence, NYFA Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Arts, Smack Mellon Studio Residency, and the Bronx Museum of the Arts AIM Fellowship, among others.