Artist Projects

Poor People's TV Room


Peter Born , Okwui Okpokwasili

Poor People’s TV Room is a multi-disciplinary performance piece that investigates the tradition of women’s collective action in Nigeria. Informed by two historic incidents, the Women’s War of 1929 in Southeast Nigeria and the Bring Back Our Girls movement of 2014, the narrative plays out in an immersive dystopian environment where characters slip through the fissures of time, wandering in a bush of ghosts. In Igbo cosmology there are multiple planes, so there is the possibility of multiple spiritual deaths. Drawing on this belief and on Southeast Nigerian dance forms, performers emerge from and withdraw into spiritual husks/time travel machines. By engaging folklore, speculative fiction, and Igbo masquerade traditions, the project asks how the memory of collective action is retained and through what bodies it is recalled.

  • Artists

    Peter Born

    Peter Born is a director, designer and filmmaker. In addition to‚Ä®his work with Okpokwasili, he is currently collaborating with David Thomson on a cyc…

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    Okwui Okpokwasili

    Okwui Okpokwasili is a New York-based writer, performer and choreographer. She is currently the New York Live Arts Resident Commissioned Artist.&nbsp…

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  • Events

    Apr 19 – Apr 29, 2017
    Okwui Okpokwasili and Peter Born Premiere Their Creative Capital Project



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  • Project News

    April 15, 2015
    Project Premiere: Emily Johnson's SHORE in Lenapehoking (New York City)



    April 7, 2015
    Project Premiere: Kerry Tribe Solo Exhibition "The Loste Note" at 356 Mission in Los Angeles



    March 19, 2015
    Project Premiere: Carlos Motta Launches Web-Based Project "Gender Talents"



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