BREE GANT: WEND

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Wend is a multi-channel video installation that compiles nearly a decade’s worth of multidisciplinary artist bree gant’s auto-ethnographic recordings. Hailing from the Westside of Detroit, gant’s practice is grounded in the comprehensive study of time and movement. Movement of the body, groups of people, and time are embodied fluidly through their performance, photography, sound, and video work. Wend captures mobility both ritualized and lived out on their daily commute on buses and sidewalks of the Motor City. Throughout the exhibition run, dancers and musicians or practitioners of time will activate the installation – utilizing it as a rehearsal space and inviting visitors into their process as performance.

EXHIBITIONS


BREE GANT:
WEND

OCTOBER 29, 2022 – MARCH 26, 2023


Wend is a multi-channel video installation that compiles nearly a decade’s worth of multidisciplinary artist bree gant’s auto-ethnographic recordings. Hailing from the Westside of Detroit, gant’s practice is grounded in the comprehensive study of time and movement. Movement of the body, groups of people, and time are embodied fluidly through their performance, photography, sound, and video work. Wend captures mobility both ritualized and lived out on their daily commute on buses and sidewalks of the Motor City. Throughout the exhibition run, dancers and musicians or practitioners of time will activate the installation – utilizing it as a rehearsal space and inviting visitors into their process as performance.


ARTIST BIO


bree gant is an artist and thinker from the westside of Detroit. They studied film at Howard University while gentrification paved over Washington, D.C., and moved back to Detroit when the city filed for bankruptcy, only to see the cranes had followed her home. She has held residencies and fellowships with Art Matters Foundation, Kresge Arts in Detroit, Red Bull Arts, People in Education, and Detroit Narrative Agency, and exhibits artwork nationally. Some of their most transformative experiences were collaborative, improvisational performances with folk like The Gathering, Visions of the Evolution, and The Fringe Society. bree is currently researching the bodily experience of depending on the bus in the Motor City, binge-watching early 2000s science fiction, and probably at a park somewhere dancing in the rain.

Wend is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This exhibition is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.


Image: bree gant, Wend, 2022, Video still from work-in-progress dance film meditation. Featuring dancers Celia Benvenutti, Nahimana Aponi, and bree gant, shot by bree gant. Courtesy of the artist.