Ja’Tovia Gary

Ja’Tovia Gary – An Ecstatic Experience (2015)

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An Ecstatic Experience (2015) incorporates narratives and sounds from different archival media, such as harp recordings by jazz musician and composer Alice Coltrane and a film performance by the actress, playwright, and civil rights activist Ruby Dee in the role of Fannie Moore, a woman born into slavery in 1849 who narrates the story of her mother praying ecstatically that their enslavement be over. Within these montages, Gary intersperses animated scratches, glitches, markings that draw the viewer to an interview with Assata Shakur, a former member of the Black Liberation Army, and scenes from Black Lives Matter protests in Baltimore. Read More »