C. Davida Ingram

USA

C. Davida Ingram is a conceptual artist whose work creates counter-narratives about race and gender via social practice projects, performances, and installations

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C. Davida Ingram

C. Davida Ingram

Artist Statement

C. Davida Ingram is a conceptual artist whose work creates counter-narratives about race and gender via social practice projects, performances, and installations. Her art explores desire, space, time and memory using blackness as its prism.

Ingram is specifically interested in expanding inquiry-making around 21st century black female subjectivity. Her re-readings of gender, sexuality, economic class, and vernaculars re-conceive of what black female bodies and subjectivities might be and become.

Because she is influenced by theory and cultural studies in particular, Ingram’s work has a postmodern sensibility. She taps emotion. As a director, she has long standing collaborations with video makers and photographers. Her work has incredible plasticity. Her mediums have included Craigslist ads, hypnotists, drones, Facebook click bait, and cell phone videos that examine social and personal relationships. She plots pulse points between the idea of subject and object, social justice and social practice, habit and memory, psyche and soul. Her arts writing, installations, and community projects use radical imagination in disarming ways. She has offered online to cook white men their favorite meals to discuss race and gender. She’s hired a hypnotist to learn the story of why she stopped crying. Along the way, Ingram’s work slides in and out of the realms of autobiography, documentary, fairy tale, and fiction–bringing the black woman’s body into clear view.

 

C. Davida Ingram is an award-winning artist and civic leader born in Chicago and based in Seattle, Washington. Her artwork, curatorial projects, and writing all discuss race and gender via lens-based media, social practice, performance art, lyrical essay and installation art. Ingram has exhibited at the Frye Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Bridge Productions, Intiman Theater, Town Hall in Seattle, Evergreen College and more. Her writing has appeared in Arcade, Ms. Magazine blog, The James Franco Review, and The Stranger.

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