Artist Talk

C. Davida Ingram

Thursday, December 17, 2015
6:00 – 7:30 pm


C. Davida Ingram will give a talk on her video installation Avatar: Fanon and Decca, which explores subjectivity and narrative conventions through nonlinear storytelling and the ersatz interviews with her avatars, artist Fanon Brown and art critic Decca Jones. Ingram and her collaborators, Amontaine Aurore and Inye Wokoma, will engage in discussion that examines the nature of their collaboration for Avatar but also their experiences as artists working in multiple disciplines.

About the Artists

C. Davida Ingram received the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Arts. She is an artist who combines writing and curating to create counter-narratives about Otherness and identity. She works within museums and community spaces to explore the intersections of social practice and social justice. She is the co-founder of the Seattle People of Color Salon, and has been involved with many community-based arts organizations including Video Machete, Women in the Director's Chair, and Insight Arts. Her recent projects include I Wish a Motherf***** Would, stereoTYPE, and The Deeps (with composer Hanna Benn). She is Public Engagement Programs Manager at Seattle Public Libraries.

Amontaine Aurore, a Seattle-based writer, actor and performance artist, is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Auras Productions. As an actor, she has performed on stages in Seattle, Montana, Los Angeles, New York and abroad, and is the winner of a national acting competition sponsored by Inspirational Productions. Aurore has an undergraduate degree in Writing from Antioch University. Her work has received funding from the Puffin Foundation, the Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, the Seattle Arts Commission, the King County Arts Commission, and the Central District Forum for Arts and Ideas (CD Forum). She has been a writer-in-residence at the Hedgebrook Writer's Retreat for Women on Whidbey Island.

Inye Wokoma is a Seattle based filmmaker, media arts instructor, photographer and visual media consultant. As a media arts instructor he works regularly with youth on projects that help them explore social, political and environmental realities. Wokoma worked as a photojournalist for a decade garnering three awards for photojournalism and editorial photography for his coverage of the backlash against Muslims in post-9/11 America, for his reportage on communities rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, and documentation of prison inmates serving life sentences under Washington State's three strikes law. In 2012 he won a Telly Award for an environmental education film he produced for Seattle Public Utilities. Wokoma earned his B.A. in journalism and filmmaking from Clark Atlanta University.

C. Davida Ingram. Still from Avatar: Fanon & Decca, 2015. Single-channel digital video with audio. Courtesy of the artist.