#JAILBEDDROP, A PERFORMANCE AND INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION, HOSTS THREE DAY EXPERIENCE
Brought to you virtually by SoLA Contemporary
#JAILBEDDROP: a three day experience expanding on its pop-up performance art and interactive jail bed installation.
#JAILBEDDROP is an extension of JusticeLA’s Jail Bed Drop project, a creative intervention started by Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Cecila Sweet-Coll. For the first time since its inception in 2017, #JAILBEDDROP will be reimagined into a full gallery exhibition.
#JAILBEDDROP is curated by Brianna Mims, Georgina Grkikian and Minh-Han Vu. The exhibition, June 4-6, 2020, will be SoLA’s first show as California reopens. All precautions to safely facilitate gallery walkthroughs (for press only) will be adhered to, as well as ensuring the exhibit, which incorporates workshops, talks and performances, is accessible virtually via a dedicated new website with live-streams on social media at @jailbeddrop and @solacontemporary.
Rooted in challenging our inherent notion between crime and punishment, #JAILBEDDROP contextualizes and facilitates a space to explore interpersonal accountability and reflect those values back on our “criminal justice system.” This project was created with the intention to elicit conversation and provide the tools to do so with genuine understanding. Additionally, as a result of these covid-19 times, the exhibit sparks deeper conversations with the public about the importance of community, human interaction and touch.
The #JAILBEDDROP’s signature performance consists of movement by Mims, and spoken word, by Bindhu Swaminathan, and explores concepts of vulnerability, agency, accountability, rest, touch, and dignity apropos healing. The movement phrases are a series of meditations and prayers where the performer explores the archives of her personal histories with these topics in and with the body. Both the movement and spoken word further contextualize both performers’ experiences and ideologies around care and accountability.
“This performance and installation meet at the intersections of art, politics, and culture, creating spaces for holistic and sustainable steps towards prison abolition,” says Mims, a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Glorya Kaufman School of Dance. “I believe that the commitment to the process of understanding ourselves is the access point to authentic power, healing, individual sovereignty, and a form of activism in itself.”
#JAILBEDDROP Pop-Up Presentation History
Jails and Justice – California African American Museum, March 2019, Los Angeles, CA
Reform LA Jails Day Party – A Noise Within Theater, November 2019, Los Angeles, CA
MLK Festival – Leimert Park- Community Coalition Booth, January 2020, Los Angeles, CA
For Freedoms Congress – MOCA Geffen Contemporary, February 2020, Los Angeles, CA