SOCIAL DISTANCE DANCE VIDEO: Hunter College MFA Candidate Maiya Redding's "And I Finally See . . ."
Your dance film, And I Finally See . . . positions you in a crimson dress against a white background—a painting that's come to life. Then, at the halfway mark, you are in front of or beside Mireka Starr's "Michelle Obama Painting" and Bobb Vann's "Summer," to name a few of the striking visual artworks that appear. What does each of these pieces signify to you? When emulating the artworks, what visceral feeling did they communicate to you?
Maiya Redding: During the process of creating my work, "And I Finally See . . .," I wanted to speak to women and express how beautiful and powerful we are. The lyrics express that the listener is a work of art, and my intention was to choose artworks that highlight women or figures whom I admire. One of the photos that I presented was of Vice President Kamala Harris, and the day before we filmed, she was officially elected. These paintings and photos show women who defied the odds and are truly the epitome of class and beauty. My intention was to show the utmost respect for them, and I chose poses that reflect how they have inspired and helped me evolve as a woman.
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Photo by Niara Seña