Performance by Iman Person
On Friday May 5th, 2017, SomoS presents “Mother Tongue,” a performance by the US-American interdisciplinary artist of color Iman Person that centers on primordial language carried out through a series of runes and the artist’s body. The piece invokes moments of latent understanding through gesture to create a space for the boundaries of language to fall away and become universal. Through this exploration of archetypal writing and poetry, Person challenges viewers to abandon their familiar dialects and move towards humanity’s innate need and ability to communicate.
Person’s work invokes a visceral connection to the urge and indeed the need to communicate—what can be said to distinguish humankind itself. But what about the physical and the body, how do these take part in oral and written communication? This performance at SomoS is the first leg of a larger European journey that will take Person to London and then on to Greece for a residency at the Ionian Center for Arts and Culture in Kefalonia.
About Iman Person
Iman Person is an interdisciplinary artist working in Atlanta, Georgia. Her work engages with the dichotomies of self-hood and magical consciousness through the ethereal lens of nature.
Person embeds qualities of the feminine, memory and ritual through drawing, installation, and performance in order to mend the logical and mystical bodies, and invite exploration of these forgotten spaces. Through the convergence of these ideals, Person believes a resurrection of the contemporary divine-body can be made and in turn positively affect our new synthetic landscape.