Anna Martine Whitehead
“What Her Body Do”
Anna Martine Whitehead is an artist and writer interrogating the poetics of space, time, and loss at the limits of performance. With an MFA in Social Practice from California College of the Arts, they have shown work throughout the United States and in Canada and Sweden. Martine has also collaborated with or made significant contributions to the work of Keith Hennessy, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Jesse Hewit, and Julien Previeux. They write about black performance in the contemporary art world and have contributed chapters to several texts on queer dance, performance, and social practice. Martine is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture. Learn more at annamartine.com.
“What Her Body Do” will be a work addressing the intersections of bondage, freedom,and mental illness, with consideration of the Black spirit as a vessel for all three. The performance will be a solo,but it will serve as a proof of concept for a more expansive ensemble work. Anna Martine Whitehead will be using their own body as a site of transference while they explore links between slavery and incarceration, psychosis and freedom, disability, and blackness. Using the connective tissues between these themes as points of departure, they will build a movement-based solo performance, incorporating writing from a developing collection of poems based off WPA-era slave narratives.