(Re)mnants is a digital media installation, chronicling visual artist and filmmaker Monique Muse Dodd’s journey into her ancestral and spiritual heritage. (Re)mnants is a conscious act of (Re)membering, (Re)imagining, and (Re)vering those who have come before us and still walk among us.
Asking the questions “how do you remember, and what do you choose to forget?” Muse pulls from African American quilt making traditions to use scraps of knowledge and traces of remembrance to fashion a clearer picture of her familial past/legacy. After tracing her lineage through a popular DNA testing site, Muse was faced with the reality that ancestry is more than percentages, and that although much of her ancestor’s stories were engulfed by the tumultuous tides of the Transatlantic slave trade, their memories live within her.
(Re)mnants is as much a film as it is a ritual. It is an ongoing performative ritual of communing with ancestors, whose names she doesn’t know, yet whose spirits hold an everlasting influence on her life and artistic process. Utilizing video, soundscape, and projection mapping, Muse refashions her family history to create a portal for participants to cross the boundary between the imagined and the biographical, the physical and the spiritual, the living and the ancestors.
(Re)mnants is a memorial and a rebirth, join as she opens a portal into the ethereal.
Monique Muse Dodd (b.1994) is an NYC based artist working in photography, video, installation and soundscape. Through the use of multimedia, Dodd creates a visual vernacular that is heavily influenced by her African Ancestry and Spiritual practice. Drawing from her personal history actual and imagined, her work explores what it means to be black and free, and how blackness exists in the near future. Obsessed with how America consumes black and gay culture Muse interrogates how she contributes to this further commodification of black and queer identities.
Muse holds a BA in Film Production from Howard University and was a 2017-2018 Artist-in-Residence at the Flux Factory. She was also selected as a 2018 artist-in-residence at the ARoS Public Museum in Denmark. Muse has exhibited work at the Prince George’s African American Museum, DC Arts Center, The Flux Factory, and Mabou Mines Theater. Through her work, Muse hopes to create space for black bodies to be free, even if only for a frame.
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