Artist Talk with Becci Davis at UConn-Stamford

Terri Smith

April 13, 4:00 PM–6:00 PM

Becci Davis will discuss her practice in a free, public talk at UConn-Stamford. The event is in room 108 on April 13 from 4-6pm.

This event is sponsored by UConn-Stamford’s Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies program and the Stamford Arts & Culture Community Arts Partnership Program.

According to the artist, “her creative practice explores the culture of monuments and commemoration. It questions how to engage with an archive whose source and steward has historically been the dominant culture that oppressed, exploited, and mischaracterized her  community.” Davis, who is based in Rhode Island received the New Genres Individual Artist Fellowship from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and she won The Emerging Artist Award from the Saint Botolph Club Foundation, Boston in 2018. She also received a Providence Public Library Creative Fellowship and RISD Museum’s yearlong Artist Fellowship Award. Davis was featured in an Art New England Magazine article that was about 10 Emerging New England Artists recommended by a nominator in each state.  She will share her thoughts on archives, performance art and more.

Becci Davis is a daughter, mother, American, Southerner, and black woman. Her birth initiated my family’s first generation after the Civil Rights Act and its fifth generation post-Emancipation. Her creative practice questions how to engage with an archive whose source and steward has historically been the dominant culture that oppressed and exploited my community. She works across disciplines, collecting still and moving images, documents, sounds and oral narratives. Using this collection of evidence combined with my own interpretation and response, she construct what Pierre Nora would call realms of memory, devices for remembering people, places, and events. Using these devices along with physically occupying space with my body, I create a new history and personal geography.