Raja Feather Kelly: Collage and Choreography
March 19, 2018
by Raja Feather Kelly and Kristin Juarez
Along with his design of the catalogue Dancing Platform Praying Grounds: Blackness, Churches, and Downtown Dance, Raja Feather Kelly created original artwork inspired by the Platform’s investigations and Reggie Wilson’s choreographic research process. Rather than define how the images relate to directly to the Platform, or assign a fixed meaning to their relationships, Raja was interested in encouraging a viewing process of inquiry and discovery. Because his collages require investigation, he and Kristin Juarez took turns asking questions of one of the collages found in the catalogue.
Kristin Juarez: Where do I start?
Raja Feather Kelly: What do I see?
KJ: What do I recognize?
RFK: What does it mean?
KJ: What binds these images together?
RFK: What am I projecting?
KJ: What actions, activities, and patterns do I begin to find?
RFK: What do I think I am being told to see?