SUGAR WALLS TEARDOM
Sugar Walls Teardom reveals the contributions of Black womxn's wombs to the advancement of modern medical science and technology.
During slavery, Black women's bodies were used and abused as commodities for laborious work in plantations, sexual slavery, reproductive exploitation and medical experiments. Anarchia, Betsy and Lucy, were among the captive guinea pigs of Marion Sims, the so-called father of modern gynecology, who tortured countless enslaved womxn in the name of science.
Unacknowledged, Black womxn's wombs have been central to the biomedical economy, as the story of Henrietta Lacks, whose stolen cervix cells lead to medical breakthroughs, reminds us, biological warfare against Black womxn is still pervasive in today's pharmaceutical industry.
Sugar Walls Teardom celebrates womb technology through an account of coercive anatomic politics and pays homage to these wombs; their contributions have not been forgotten.
ABOUT TABITA REZAIRE
Tabita Rezaire is infinity incarnated into an agent of healing, who uses art as a means to unfold the soul. Her cross-dimensional practices envision network sciences —organic, electronic and spiritual— as healing technologies to serve the shift towards heart consciousness. Navigating digital, corporeal and ancestral memory as sites of struggles, she digs into scientific imaginaries to tackle the pervasive matrix of coloniality and the protocols of energetic misalignments that affect the songs of our body-mind-spirits. Inspired by quantum and cosmic mechanics, Tabita’s work is rooted in time-spaces where technology and spirituality intersect as fertile ground to nourish visions of connection and emancipation. Through screen interfaces and collective offerings, she reminds us to access our inner data centers and bypass Western authority to download directly from the soul.
Tabita is based in Cayenne, French Guyana. She has a Bachelor in Economics (FR) and a Master of Research in Artist Moving Image from Central Saint Martins (UK). Tabita is a founding member of the artist group NTU, half of the duo Malaxa, and the mother of the energy house SENEB.
Tabita has shown her work internationally – Serpentine London; MoMa NY; New Museum NY; Gropius Bau Berlin; MMOMA Moscow, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; HEK Basel; ICA London; V&A London; National Gallery Denmark; The Broad LA; MoCADA NY; Tate Modern London; Museum of Modern Art Paris – and contributed to several Biennales such as the Guangzhou Triennial, Athens Biennale, Kochi Biennale in 2018, Performa and Karachi Biennale in 2017 and Berlin Biennale in 2016.
Video stills: Tabita Rezaire