Steffani Jemison. Sensus Plenior
Catalogue of the exhibition

Emerging from Jemison’s interest in silent cinema, Sensus Plenior opens a new line of enquiry into the profound influence of mime on the conventions around the performance of the self and the limits of speech at the turn of the 20th century. The artist complicates the boundaries of performance and cinema, allowing the audience to become suspended outside structures of linear time and controlled meaning. Resisting the psychologically developed character of modern cinema, the performers reserve the freedom to behave unpredictably, thereby drawing attention to the distinction between black private life and black public life.

Published in conjunction with Steffani Jemison’s exhibition at the Jeu de Paume and at the CAPC, this book includes an introduction by the curator, Osei Bonsu, and a conversation between the artist and the writer Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts around their experience of gospel mime. This publication also reproduces a note by Jemison and unpublished drawings by the artist deploying a repertoire of gestures by Reverend Susan Webb.

Paperback, 15 × 21 cm, 64 pages.
Bilingual French / English.
Co-edition: Jeu de Paume / CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux / Maison d’Art Bernard Anthonioz.
Price: 14 euros.

E-pub version: price, 6.99 euros.

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