Janet Biggs at the SCAD Museum of Art
The SCAD Museum of Art presents “Afar,” the most recent work of acclaimed Brooklyn-based video artist, Janet Biggs. Created with the support of the museum, “Afar” depicts Biggs’ travels in the Afar depression, a geologically unstable but visually arresting desert region at the intersection of Ethiopia, Eritrea and Djibouti, in Africa. This volatile environment of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and intense heat serves as a metaphor for the ongoing political instability of a region in which salt traders, nomadic people and militia vie for scarce natural resources.
Known for her multichannel video installations involving remote, extreme environments and the people who dwell there, Biggs often explores the concept of endurance – both mental and physical – in her work. For this project, the artist collaborated with experimental choreographer Elizabeth Streb, as well as musicians Blake Fleming and Will Martina.
“Afar” is curated by Alexandra Sachs, executive director of SCAD FASH and Atlanta Exhibitions.
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