Anna Martine Whitehead is a transdisciplinary artist interested in the body as material, signal, archive. She’s been presented by Velocity Dance Center; Watts Towers Art Center; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts; and the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics. She has contributed to projects by Onye Ozuzu, Jefferson Pinder, taisha paggett, Every house has a door, Keith Hennessy, BodyCartography Project, Julien Prévieux, and the Prison + Neighborhood Art Project. Martine has been published in Art21, C Magazine, Art Practical, frieze; contributed to Meanings and Makings of Queer Dance; and is the author of TREASURE | My Black Rupture.

I write, make things, and make performances that address a Black queer relationship to time. I privilege the circle, which is to say memory and forgetfulness. My work illuminates the multi-lingual and transtemporal conversations between plant, animal, human, and non-material bodies which can announce a thing’s presence before its arrival and after its evacuation. Absence and exhaustion figure centrally in my work -- particularly as it relates to Black people, fugitives, and the dead. All in all, I make work exploring the conversation that occurs between bodies and the spaces they inhabit.

—Anna Martine Whitehead, Artist Statement


Notes on Territory is a mixed media space activated by a performance lecture exploring the relationship between containment architectures and embodied freedom practices. Specific models are the church of Saint-Germaine-des-prés; African slave castles; General Galula’s work on ideal counter/insurgent territory; Bentham’s panopticon and Stateville Prison; and midcentury public housing such as Brewster-Douglass and Pruitt-Igoe. Using her body, the artist illuminates embodied expressions of freedom by people of color within and in relation to spaces of confinement.

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Photos: Greg India | Roy Guste | Kriss Abigail 

Video: Wills Glasspiegel, edited by Brandon Calhoun.