D’Amelio Terras, New York
February 9 – March 15, 2008
D’Amelio Terras is pleased to present an exhibition of Sanford Biggers: an installation composed of a single channel video projection titled Cheshire and a sculpture of a broad smiling mouth will be on view in the front room gallery. The video “Cheshire” was first exhibited in “Blossom,” a three part solo exhibition at Grand Arts in Kansas city in September 2007 where it was projected outdoor on an exterior wall of a theater in downtown Kansas city. Located within a gallery space, the combination of video and sculpture functions as a theatrical installation developing themes of African American representation in pictures, which has been central to Sanford Biggers’ multi media practice. The theatricality of the installation continues his performance commissioned by Performa 07 “The Somethin’ Suite”, in which a short section of the video appeared while a live performance of the song Strange Fruit by the performer Imani Uzuri in geisha make-up took place. This unusual performance of the famous Billie Holiday piece is now part of the soundtrack of “Cheshire” at mid point in the video.