GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW | Part 7 | Tabita Rezaire

Fri 17 Dec 2021 / 6–8pm

Centre for Contemporary Arts, 350 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow
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LUX Scotland is delighted to announce the seventh and final instalment of GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW, this year’s Artists’ Moving Image Festival, which has been co-programmed by artists and writers Tako Taal and Adam Benmakhlouf. 

This instalment is a sharing of Tabita Rezaire’s 2019 work ‘Mamelles Ancestrales’ (62 mins) followed by a tarot guided discussion with programmers Tako Taal and Adam Benmakhlouf and artist, writer and somatic bodyworker, Clay AD.

The event will be followed by drinks and DJ’s in the Saramago Terrace Bar on the first floor of CCA. Please join us to celebrate the concluding event of GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW.

Drawing inspiration from the megalithic landscapes of Senegal and the Gambia, space debris, archaeology, astronomy, numerology, theology and African understandings of the cosmos, ‘Mamelles Ancestrales’ strives to establish pathways between heaven and earth, between the living and the dead, in a world where celestial bodies, mineral life and spirits sing together. The film is the result of Tabita Rezaire’s research and expeditions to four megalithic sites. Gathering stories from the guardians of the sites, local populations and other understandings from astronomers, archeologists, and theologians to unfold the mysteries of the thousands of stone circles scattered across Senegambia, ‘Mamelles Ancestrales’ goes in pursuit of an ancient African megalithic civilization so as to better understand our own. 

The festival has developed over 2021 through a series of screenings and events scheduled to follow the lunar calendar. The programme lies in between the folds of artists’ moving image, performance documentation, protest documentary and animation, considering their strategies for interruption, to undo the formal and psychological trappings of a neo-colonial, white supremacist, capitalist, patriarchal cinema system.

Image: Tabita Rezaire, Mamelles Ancestrales, 2019. Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery.


Programme

Work details: 62 minutes, French and English with French and English Subtitles

In person indoor screening event: Doors open 6pm, introductions 6.10pm, screening 6.25pm, tarot informed discussion 7.30pm

Post-screening drinks: 8pm – late


Access

‘Mamelles Ancestrales’ is in French and English with French and English Subtitles.

The screening will take place in the CCA Cinema, located on the ground floor of the CCA. The cinema is seated and has wheel chair spaces available.

For more information on how to get to the CCA and access information, please see their website.

Toilet facilities: There are gender neutral toilets located throughout the building, and wheelchair accessible toilets located on the ground and first floor.

Alcohol free drink options will be available at the post-screening event. The Saramago Terrace Bar has seating.


Image descriptions

1. A landscape graphic with protest placard like shapes emblazoned with the words ‘GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW’ in capitalised san serif font. The rectangular shapes splay out across a dark light blue and purple background, overlapping one another.

2. A video still showing two people silhouetted against the sky at twilight, the horizon is flat and the landscape is dotted with trees. The figure on the left raises their hand to the sky.


GIVE BIRTH TO ME TOMORROW, this year’s Artists’ Moving Image Festival, is supported by Screen Scotland and Film Hub Scotland in partnership with Tramway. The final screening is delivered in partnership with CCA.

Image: design by Maeve Redmond

About the artists

Tabita Rezaire

Tabita Rezaire (b.1989, Paris, France) 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 resilience, 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 open our inner data centers to bypass western authority and download directly from source.

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 – Centre Pompidou, Paris; Serpentine London; MoMa NY; New Museum NY; MASP, Sao Paulo; Gropius Bau Berlin; MMOMA Moscow, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; 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 (2018); Performa (2017); and Berlin Biennale (2016).

Clay AD

Clay AD is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and somatic bodyworker living and working in Glasgow. Their practice centres illness, ecology, science fiction, transformation and the politics of care under capitalism — by themselves, collectively and with their clients. Their first novel, “Metabolize, If Able” is available through Arcadia Missa Press UK and was named a finalist in the 31st Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. They have been reading tarot for over 8 years, using the Rider-Waite Smith deck with a queer and anti-capitalist lens.