Post-performance installation at Shatto Gallery, Los Angeles
Performance at Shatto Gallery, Los Angeles on Saturday, September 14, 2019
Drywall, doors, chainlink fence, cinder blocks, microphone, film rewinder, cymbal, effects pedals, 2-channel video projection, webcam
I Ain’t Got No Spare, is a performative and interactive installation by Laura Sofía Pérez and Chris Ryan Williams that explores themes of the Black experience and the ephemerality of Black agency, using Los Angeles as a case study. The installation, composed of a series of structural materials such as cinder blocks, synthetic walls, and chain link fences, serves as performance space and video projection surface. Moving images include train tracks and houses in South Los Angeles, among other landscape of the area, and an intimate look at the garage and rehearsal space of the legacy group Pan Afrikan People's Arkestra, initiated by Horace Tapscott. The installation is activated through a performance composed, choreographed, and performed by Pérez, Williams, Shauna Davis, and Davy Sumner. A portion of the performance has been filmed by Pérez and projected onto the infrastructure to question the linearity of narrative and the stories we fabricate as a panacea.
This project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant
All photos by Kyu Sun Hong