UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work
D. Denenge Akpem


In a performance and installation that revises the storybook character Rapunzel, D. Denenge Akpem transforms herself into what she calls “a space sea siren hybrid human-jellyfish,” replete with dangling lighted fiberoptic tentacles. She spawns a surreal environment where “afri-futurism,” the aquatic world, and fairy tales meet, while also subversively flirting with representations of Black femininity, seduction, and repulsion and what constitutes a damsel-in-distress. In her performance she inhabits the jellyfish and becomes a living sculpture.


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