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The Nasher Museum presents Thresh & Hold, a short film produced in collaboration by three artists from the Carolinas: poet Marlanda Dekine, filmmaker Mahkia Greene and musician and composer Brittany J Green.
In the film, DeKine performs an improvised piece of spoken word accompanied by Mahkia Greene’s stunning footage of the Carolina coast and Brittany J Green’s complex ambient electronic compositions. The result is a sensory montage that explore relationships between Black Gullah-Geechee ancestry, land and America’s dark history in the South.
After the film, Green and Dekine will discuss their collaboration. A poetry performance by Dekine and a live performance of an original composition by Green will follow. A Q+A will be hosted by artist and Duke PhD candidate Kate Alexandrite. Copies of the book Thresh & Hold will be available for sale at the Nasher Museum Store.
Marlanda Dekine is a poet, a voice and a presence. She is the author of Thresh & Hold (Hub City Press) and i am from a punch & a kiss (unnamed LLC). Her work has been anthologized in What Things Cost: An Anthology for the People and Ecological Solidarities: Mobilizing Faith and Justice in an Entangled World. She is a South Carolina Spoken Word Poetry fellow, Tin House scholar and Palm Beach Poetry Langston Hughes fellow. Her poems have been set to music by composers and published by the Poetry Foundation, American Life in Poetry, Oxford American, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of awards from SC Humanities, South Carolina Arts Commission and Hub City Press.
Brittany J. Green is a North Carolina-based composer, creative and educator. Her music facilitates intimate musical spaces that ignite visceral responses at the intersection of sound, video, movement and text. Her artistic practice includes spoken and electronic performance, interdisciplinary collaboration, experiential projects and acoustic and electroacoustic chamber and large ensemble works. Brittany holds awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, ASCAP Foundation and New Music USA. She is a doctoral candidate at Duke University, pursuing a PhD in music composition as a Dean’s Graduate Fellow.