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Performance, Christy Roberts Berkowitz
May 16, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Held in conjunction with Cross Sections II: A Day of Art Events
L.A. based artist, educator and agitator Christy Roberts Berkowitz will hold a collaborative public performance, as part of her solo exhibition, The Distance Between the Grooves in My Fingerprint, currently shown in AJU’s Platt and Borstein Galleries (curator: Rotem Rozental).
The exhibition addresses the immediate legacy of inherited family violence and trauma through the prism of broader systems of power and control. The physical threats experienced by Roberts Berkowitz at the hands of her father are scrutinized with reference to the colonial projects of their shared Mayflower ancestors and the structural racism and capitalist institutions that are sustained by this historical narrative. In a new video work the artist turns her attention to questions of complicity and solidarity, examining the role played by her mother, the descendant of socialist, Jewish, radical refugees, in upholding structures of patriarchy and inherited power while serving as one of Southern California’s first female police captains.
This project is the culmination of a research-based process of self examination arising from conversations that took place during and after 2017’s Reciprocity: LA Artist Retreat, presented by the Institute for Jewish Creativity and Asylum Arts. It was through these conversations that Roberts Berkowitz first felt permission to both claim and critique her Jewishness and to evaluate it in relation to whiteness, Christianity, and mechanisms of institutional authority.
Photo by B Neimeth