Festival 2022

nora chipaumire #PUNK

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  • Watch on demand 7 - 31 October 2022
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  • Duration: 35 minutes
  • Age guidance: Contains strong language and racial slurs

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nora chipaumire, #PUNK

| punk | which is slang for a worthless person | became the name for a loud | fast moving form of rock music that was popular in the 70s and 80s | the punk cultural aesthetic includes a diverse array of ideologies | such as self-reliance | non-commercial art-making | non-complacency | destroying and repurposing | etc | expressed through fashion | visual art | dance | cinema and literature | in #punk | the way the visual installation is used | recycled and transformed by the performers and audience reflects these ideologies |
– nora chipaumire

Multi-award winning international artist, nora chipaumire expresses the frenetic intensity between spectator and performer in her film #PUNK. Captured by Ari Marcopoulos, the film showcases the depth and interdisciplinary complexity of chipaumire’s work, moving through music, sound, movement and text.

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Cast & Creative +

  • Ari Marcopoulos
    Camera, Editing
  • nora chipaumire, Shamar Watts, Dave Gagliardi, Austin Williamson
  • Dave Gagliardi

About the Artists +

nora chipaumire

Photo Andrew Boyle

nora chipaumire was born in 1965 in what was then known as Umtali, Rhodesia (now Mutare, Zimbabwe). She is a product of colonial education for black native Africans – known as group B schooling – and has pursued other studies at the University of Zimbabwe (law) and at Mills College in Oakland, CA (dance).

chipaumire’s latest work is NEHANDA, a large-scale opera. Before and up to the start of the global pandemic chipaumire has been touring #PUNK 100% POP *NIGGA (verbalized as “Hashtag Punk, One Hundred Percent Pop and Star NIGGA”), a three-part live performance album. Her other live works include portrait of myself as my father (2016), RITE RIOT (2012) and Miriam (2012). She recently released a Radio Opera (2021), has been featured in several dance films and made her directorial debut with the short film Afro Promo #1 King Lady (2016).

Her long-term research project nhaka, a technology-based practice and process to her artistic work, instigates and investigates the nature of black bodies and the products of their imaginations. nhaka bhuku 1 has been published in 2020 at the courtesy of Matadero Publishing House (Spain).

nora chipaumire is a four-time Bessie Award winner and was a proud recipient of the 2016 Trisha Mckenzie Memorial Award for her impact on the dance community in Zimbabwe. She was also nominated for a NAMA award as one of those exiled Zimbabweans making an impact on the arts at home and abroad in 2020. chipaumire is honored to include the acknowledgements of the arts communities in awards such as the recent COVID-19 related “Dance Bubble” grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (2021), a Guggenheim Fellowship (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant (2016), a Doris Duke Artist Award (2015) and a Princeton Hodder Fellowship (2014). She is currently a Fellow at Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University (2020) and an Artist in Residence at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, LMCC (2019-2021).

Credits +

Thanks to Abrons Art Center, The Kitchen

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