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Public Program
Telling Our Story
a performance by Moses Williams


In conjunction with the exhibition
Life After Death and Elsewhere
organized by Robin Paris and Tom Williams

Thursday, October 8: 7 pm


download video (307MB .mp4)
At Riverbend Maximum Security Prison in Nashville, Tennessee, the men imprisoned on death row each have a story to tell. But, their voices are rarely, if ever, heard. Telling Our Story is a collaboration between individuals living on the "outside" and often unheard inmates. By passing their experiences onto collaborators, their stories become living documents that can be told and retold beyond the prison walls. As part of the exhibition Life After Death and Elsewhere, celebrated storyteller and performance artist Moses Williams lends his voice to these death row inmates and their stories. Focusing on ideas of relationship, time, and place, this performance presents storytelling as an essential part of how we come to understand others and ourselves.


Moses Williams received a BFA from Watkins College of Art, Design & Film in Nashville, TN. He is presently an MFA Candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. Working at the intersection of performance, sculpture, and video, Williams questions dominant cultural expectations, institutions, and ideology. He has exhibited and performed throughout the U.S. and Germany and has collaborated with The Nashville Ballet and Alias Chamber Ensemble. His collaborations with the residents of Unit 2 (the Death Row unit) Riverbend Maximum Security Institution began in 2013.

Brittany De Nigris is an MFA candidate at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. De Nigris is interested in place as material. Her recent work investigates the cut as an element that both creates a meaning-space and supposes that our lives occupy this space and gesture. She has been an artist-in-residence at Kyung Hee University in South Korea; The Arctic Circle in Spitsbergen, Svalbard; and Art Farm in Marquette Nebraska. She has also performed at the Carnegie Museum of Art. This is her first collaboration with the men of Unit 2.



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apexart's exhibitions and and public programs are supported in part by the Affirmation Arts Fund, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Edith C. Blum Foundation, Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Greenwich Collection Ltd., Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, and with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts.


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