Black Market Value, directed by Brigette Dunn-Korpela, premiered at the Bootleg Theater in 2019. Performed at CalArts, RedCat and MOCA.
Photos by Morgan Raimey
Black Market Value is a 20 minute movement installation/performance presentation. It investigates the identity of black and brown bodies specific to the African-diaspora as they relate to race, culture and gender. The work interrogates aspects of our historical and contemporary landscape. Black Market Value confronts and disrupts notions of the black body as object and commodity and explores the minefield of being fetishized, exoticized, and demonized - emotionally, physically and psychologically. Black Market Value returns to the intuitive realm of being both known and forgotten. Navigation, self-definition, masking and acceptance are explored. Black Market Value seeks to create a space of healing through ritual, spirit, self- acceptance and knowing.