Aria Dean’s work reconfigures networks of visibility, representation, and power across multiple media. Greene Naftali is pleased to present full versions of video works, recent performance documentation, and a selection of Dean’s writings for online viewing.
Attuned to the political burden of materials and images, as well as the traditions of black radical thought, philosophy, and media theory, Dean explores the complex relationships between identity, subjectivity, and various technologies' distortion of cultural history and non-linear timeline.
In video works But as one... (rework, feat.) (2019) and Eulogy for a Black Mass (2017), Dean employs the language of memes, hip-hop videos, and supercuts to consider how representations of blackness are circulated and mutually impact black subjectivity. As a curator for Rhizome, Dean recently explored related concepts in her digital exhibition, New Black Portraitures (2017), which brought together works by Manuel Arturo Abreu, Hamishi Farah, Juliana Huxtable, Rindon Johnson, Pastiche Lumumba, N-Prolenta (Brandon Covington), Sondra Perry, and Redeem Pettaway. You can view the exhibition at the link here.
In two recent live performance works, Dean exposes the porous boundaries between individuals as her subjects find themselves in crises of language and representational voids. In her recent play Production for a Circle, which premiered at Centre d'Art Contemporain Genève, a dinner party double date becomes the set for a total deterioration of self. Watch full performance documentation at the link here.
Dean’s conception of individual mutability is explored further in her lecture for Artists Space, To the Ringdown, where two characters become one and are bound by a third. Visit the Media page for documentation of this performance and additional video works.
In her critical writing, Dean reevaluates art historical theory and proposes alternative approaches that account for dispossession, circulation, and social death. Visit the Texts page for access to her selected writing in Spike Magazine, Real Life Magazine, X-TRA, Texte zur Kunst, and more.
Aria Dean, But as one... (rework, feat.), 2019. Video still.