Sharjah Biennial 14,  United Arab Emirates (UAE)
March 2019

Even the Stars Look Lonesome, 2019
Collaboration with Caecilia Tripp
5-screen film installation, copper sculpture
Copper sculpture, 50 x 200 cm

Tripp’s SB14 commission, Even the Stars Look Lonesome (2019), engages ‘worldliness as magnetic connection’ in a film and sculpture installation created in dialogue with a number of collaborators. In Kalba Ice Factory, the artist presents a five-channel film installation in the shape of a pentagon, with openings for visitors to enter at each corner. This shape is echoed by a copper sculpture titled ASTEROID (2019), placed at the centre of the screens. The film draws from several texts, including works by Za’Kisha and Borelson BLM Toronto in collaboration with cosmologist Renee Hlozek (South Africa / Dunlap Institute, Toronto) and the writings and research of Cheikh Anta Diop, the Senegalese decolonial historian and scientist. A sonic score of polyphonic chanting, composed by Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe, accompanies performances by choreographer David Hamilton Thomson and former World Boxing Organisation champion Michael Olajide Jr to create a somatic experience that enacts and explores a collective space of utterance that goes beyond the imperatives of control or mastery and instead thrives in spaces of unpredictability and opacity. Tripp describes this process as ‘an asteroid crashing into an ice factory, crystallising fluidity into a fixed form’.

Co-commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation and Art Gallery York University, Toronto
Co-produced by Sharjah Art Foundation, AGYU Toronto and Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d’entreprise Galeries Lafayette, Paris
With additional support from Emelie Chhangur, NASA, ESA and F. Summers (STSCl), York University Observatory, Toronto
´╗┐Courtesy of the artist and Erna Hecey Gallery