With artist and educator Athesia Benjamin, Professor of Dance Donna Davenport co-created a pop-up art and movement installation as part of The Reckoning, a series of events designed to encourage people to get out to vote. “Matters is the Minimum,” featuring dancers Phoebe Farrow ’23 and Jenna Hyman ’23, took place outside at the Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence in Rochester, N.Y., on Oct. 24.
The installation, one of four in The Reckoning series staged throughout the city, featured words celebrating Black pride and joy projected on the side of the institute while dancers — including four students from the University of Rochester and a mother and daughter team as well as Farrow and Hyman — performed the movement score. Celebratory messages were punctuated by the question “Can we live?”
“We chose the site of non-violence to reinforce our wishes to end police brutality and to fuel greater unity, equity and peaceful activism,” Davenport explains.
The Reckoning was produced by Artists Coalition for Change Together, an organization founded in 2017 by Davenport, Rose Pasquarello Beauchamp and Heather Roffe to support collaborations among artists committed to activism for social change.
Several organizations joined ACCT to produce The Reckoning, including Rochester Contemporary Art Collective, Frazee Feet Dance, The University of Rochester, Nazareth College, the Women of Color Arts Collaborative and Rochester Center for Community Leadership.
Photo above courtesy of Bleu Cease.