Ja'Tovia Gary, "Tactile Cosmologies", installation view, Paris, 2019  © Frank Elbaz Gallery
Ja'Tovia Gary, "Tactile Cosmologies", installation view, Paris, 2019 © Frank Elbaz Gallery 

Tactile Cosmologies - Ja' Tovia Gary

02/02/2019 - 23/03/2019

Frank Elbaz Galerie 
66 rue de Turenne 
 
75003 Paris

www.galeriefrankelbaz.com/   

 
The Gallery Frank Elbaz presents Tactile Cosmologies, the gallery’s first solo exhibition of artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary. 
The show is called Tactile Cosmologies, a phrase conceived by feminist thinker and historian Hortense Spillers. In the vein of deployments of sonicity and sonority that allow us to listen to images and afford subjects opportunities for self-fashioning, Ja’Tovia considers haptics as her modality for a coveillant self —and world— making that defiantly gazes out as it is (conscious of being) gazed upon. Her work embodies a closeness and quietude —her weapons of choice— juxtaposed against the brutality of being forced to embody terror. Touch is an offering of care that forms the interstitial connective tissue that nurtures community and empathy, and refuses the scripted, controlling, and pathological toughness demanded of Black women’s lives and labor.