Crossing The Line Festival 2021

October 20–November 6

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FIAF’s acclaimed annual arts festival, Crossing The Line, returns for an exciting 14th edition. This year’s program spotlights Africa’s cultural renaissance, and features works created by interdisciplinary artists coming out of the continent and diaspora.

Curators Courtney Geraghty and Claude Grunitzky have brought together a lineup of compelling artists to perform at venues throughout New York City—intriguing experiences that will spark new conversations about the global Black experience.

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Festival Program


Crossing The Line Festival 2021
Video Installation

Okwui Okpokwasili
& Peter Born
Before the whisper becomes the word

Exhibition Opening
Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at 6pm
Followed by Artist Talk at 7pm

On View
Wednesday, October 20–Saturday, November 6, 2021
FIAF Gallery

Working across media and disciplines, Igbo-American artist Okwui Okpokwasili in collaboration with Peter Born has conceived a room-sized video installation, which will open FIAF’s Crossing The Line Festival.

Crossing The Line Festival 2021
Audio Work

nora chipaumire
Nehanda

US Premiere

Online Broadcast
Wednesday, October 20–Saturday, November 6, 2021

In-Person Broadcast
Saturday, October 30, 2021
11am–4:30pm
Followed by Artist Talk at 5pm
FIAF Tinker Auditorium

Created during the pandemic, nora chipaumire’s audio work Nehanda is based on a legend of a spirit venerated by the Shona people, native of Zimbabwe and central Mozambique.

Crossing The Line Festival 2021
Performance

Okwui Okpokwasili
& Peter Born
On the way, undone

Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday, October 22, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 7:30pm
Weeksville Heritage Center

Igbo-Nigerian American artist and performer Okwui Okpokwasili and director Peter Born have designed an in-situ work that blends genres and media.

Crossing The Line Festival 2021
Concert

Somi

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Grammy-nominated singer Somi uses her songwriting to give voices to issues of social justice, transnationalism, womanhood, and global constructions of Blackness. For her debut at FIAF, she will present a selection of her most iconic songs.

Crossing The Line Festival 2021
Performance

Christopher Myers
Fire in the Head

World Premiere
Friday, October 29, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 7:30pm
Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association

A world premiere staged in Manhattan’s Chinatown, Fire in the Head salutes the tortured genius of Vaslav Nijinsky, who, like many artists today, grappled with the confluence between global and personal crises.

Crossing The Line Festival 2021
Performance (Work-in-Progress)

Kaneza Schaal
KLII

Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 7:30pm
Friday, November 5, 2021 at 7:30pm
Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 5 & 7:30pm
FIAF Florence Gould Hall

Kaneza Schaal addresses the residue of colonialism in our everyday lives in this showcase of her multimedia work in progress KLII.

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