Christian Noelle Charles

REFLECTIVE JESTER: IT'S JUST A FEELING

Fri 17 September — Sat 16 October 2021

Wheelchair accessible

Wheelchair accessible

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A baby looks into a mirror and sees their reflection. A tiny jester figure is at the top. The image is sepia and blue

Christian Noelle Charles, REFLECTIVE JESTER: IT'S JUST A FEELING

REFLECTIVE JESTER: IT'S JUST A FEELING develops a relationship between the world of dance, music, and visual art, forming a consistent presence and an active dialogue about self-expression and perceptions of identity through performance.

Christian Noelle Charles’ first solo exhibition takes on the presence of the Jester, defined as a professional fool or clown, especially at a medieval court and a modern day entertainer. REFLECTIVE JESTER: IT'S JUST A FEELING considers the modern day entertainer as a resemblance to the Jester role and its circulation within the Black community, and Christian’s exploration and redefinition of the role through affectively mapping the registers of her personal life which unfolds through the exhibition spaces at CCA.

Taking inspiration from Cab Calloway, American jazz singer, dancer and band leader during the jazz and swing eras of the 1930s-40s, Christian’s work and performance reimagines the lively, energetic exuberance of jazz legends such as Nina Simone, Eartha Kitt and Charles Mingus. This masterful improvisation of Christian’s will showcase new works that are developed around Christian’s personal journey and upbringing, growing up in a dance studio, specialising in African dance, modern jazz and ballet.

This exhibition is an expression of self-love that considers the challenge of defining one's individual appearance, yet celebrates the moments of freedom that lies within the experience to move, and to encompass visibility as multiple beyond comprehensible, racialised and gendered representations.


Christian Noelle Charles (b. 1993, New York) is that Black visual practitioner currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. A Syracuse, New York native, Christian's work is an exploration of female representation and self-love in a contemporary world. She has acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Cooper Union in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts at the Glasgow School of Art. She has presented works with Tramway in Glasgow, Scotland, and South London Gallery in London.

Christian takes inspiration from today's pop culture, modern performance techniques, and personal experiences. She also derives inspiration as a video performance artist from the relationship between performer and audience member. By using the mediums of printmaking, video, and performance her work demonstrates a celebration of self-love and individuality.

“I fall in love with myself, and I want someone to share it with me, I want someone to share me with me.” Eartha Kitt

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Exhibitions

Location

Gallery

Time

11:00am — 6:00pm

Ages

All ages

Ticketing

Free and unticketed

Accessibility

Wheelchair accessible

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