Dates and Times
Tue 3 Oct at 7:15pm
Presented by Gemma Weekes
Black woman in love. White dress on. Her soulmate? Thirty years dead.
A desperate woman attempts to resurrect the spirit of long-dead artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, whilst raging at the forces that killed him; the same ones that are killing her.
Welcome to the séance. You never know who may turn up, it may even be you. Who Murked Basquiat, is an emotionally- and politically-charged new stage show written by Gemma Weekes; inspired by the work, life and times of Basquiat and her own struggles with misogynoir.
Over the summer, Weekes travelled to New York and collaborated with local interdisciplinary artist Nyugen Smith on producing an immersive performance of the piece using art objects, poetic monologue, Haitian folklore, religious ritual, call-and-response, jazz, visuals and movement to viscerally evoke what it costs to sell yourself when you’re a black artist and a black woman. Following a successful scratch performance in New York City (a stone’s throw from the Mudd Club where Basquiat used to hang out), this is the pair’s London debut with live band.
Supported by the Artists’ International Development Fund (Arts’ Council England, British Council)
About the artist
Gemma Weekes is critically-acclaimed author of Love Me (Chatto & Windus), poet, electronic musicmaker, singer/songwriter and performance artist.
Nyugen Smith, recipient of the Leonore Annenberg Fellowship, works with sculpture, installation, video and performance; drawing heavily on his West Indian heritage to engage with concealed narratives of struggle, violence and oppression.