Freya Powell, I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING, 2021; image by Walter Wlodarczyk.
I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING by Freya Powell
about the project.
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I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING, a newly commissioned performance by multidisciplinary artist Freya Powell, draws upon the Sophoclean character of Elektra and a Greek chorus to recognize the experience of ambiguous loss as a means to counter the statistic-based records of the COVID-19 pandemic. The performance addresses the permanent state of grieving we have been living in since the start of the pandemic. Exploring the voice as the medium this piece tests pitch, tone, pacing, and silence from operatic singing to theatrical utterances. Through varied public expressions of grief (crying, screaming, shouting, and singing) this performance will shroud the listener in an exploration of these outward bodily utterances.
about the artist.
Freya Powell uses time-based and linguistic platforms to explore language and its relationship to memory, myth, and history. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Art in General, Brooklyn, NY (2017), Herron School of Art, Indianapolis, IN (2017), Arts Santa Monica, Barcelona, Spain (2014.) She has participated in group shows at institutions including MoMA PS1 (NY), EFA Project Space (NY), Queens Museum (NY), Socrates Sculpture Park (NY), and the Bronx Museum, (NY), among others. Most recently she was awarded a development residency at MoMA PS1 (2019), two New Work Grants from the Queens Council on the Arts (2019 & 2021.) Powell holds an MFA in Combined Media from Hunter College and a BA from Bard College.
I cannot not grieve: CRY SCREAM SHOUT SING is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature. The September 10th presentation of this performance series is in partnership with The Green-Wood Cemetery.