Jasmine Murrell presents "The Notion of Property" as part of "Reimagining Tradition," a series of site-specific projects throughout NYC.
"The Notion of Property" employs ancient rituals such as call-and-response, chanting and inter-generational storytelling to examine how western ideologies of property and ownership have shaped our perception of the world around us. The project dissects these stories, from the role of media in creating stereotypes and myths, to the stories we tell ourselves and our children about what is or isn’t of value. Critical issues of displacement and erasure, of cultural appropriation, enslavement and mass incarceration, of violence towards the black body and commodification of the female body, of copyrighting essential food crops, are all a legacy of our shifting perceptions of ownership. Murrell will work with the local community surrounding Kelly Street Garden Bronxand The Laundromat Project in the Bronx to engage in the ancient ritual of storytelling to explore and re-imagine our relationship to the land, objects, concepts and each other.
"Reimagining Tradition" is a program developed by Open Source Gallery to highlight intersections between socially engaged art and ritual practice through a series of site-specific projects by New York City-based artists. Pieces in "Reimagining Tradition" defy the constraints of traditional gallery exhibitions and blur modern distinctions between art and the sacred. Artists in the program include: Leigh Davis, Erin Ellen Kelly, James Leonard, Jasmine Murrell, Nia I'man Smith, Ultracultural Others
Jasmine Murrell’s exhibition record includes The Witte De With Center for Contemporary Art in Holland, Art Contemporain in Guadalupe, The Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, and The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts in New York. She has been named a fellow in the Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace program, is a member of the women’s arts collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN, and has been a teaching artist for the New York City socially engaged arts initiative, The Laundromat Project.