Stoking The Flame

Pull was filmed in Slovakia at Pajštún castle with Susanne Songi Greim. In a rental car, we drove across the Austrian border. After hiking up the mountain for over an hour with bags full of supplies, we wove into the trees and landscape surrounding the castle, drawing into the hill and melting ice just before sunset.

The project was filmed January 2020 and edited between March and May of 2021.

Elliot Reed is an artist and director based in New York. He assembles bodies, movement, and narrative within exhibition space, wielding performance as a tool. Their projects span video, dance, performance, and sculpture highlighting the ways seen (and unseen) actors make their mark.

Elliot is a 2019 danceWEB scholar, 2019–20 Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and recipient of the 2019 Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant. Exhibitions include a commission with JACK Quartet (2021), Metro Pictures (2021), MoMA PS1 (2020/21), OCD Chinatown (2021), The Getty Center (2018), Hammer Museum (2016), Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (2018), The Broad (2017), and performances in Tokyo, Osaka, London, Mexico City, Vienna, and Hamburg. Their next show opens Fall 2021 at Kunsthaus Glarus.

Stoking The Flame

Stoking The Flame

The artist Jasmine Nyende’s guide on blending distinct modalities of self-care.

In Jasmine Nyende’s bifurcated video the poet, musician, and artist offers a dual prompt of wellness and health. Nyende split-screen features two videos of Nyende side by side, she starts by reading on the state of the world, activism, and meditation, reimagining her city —  Los Angeles — in yarn and words. Her reading is rhythmic and punctuated as if Nyende licks and seals each word enhancing their meaning. It’s a diagnostic of the state of things accompanied by an antidote of guided stretches. Inviting the viewer to move, stretch, and breathe, Nyende offers an embodied prescription of how to be with oneself instrumenting sound and breathe for relief. 

Jasmine Nyende is an interdisciplinary artist from South Central Los Angeles. Through fiber-based textiles, music, performance, and writing, she holds care as a time for the body to feel supported within community, in righteous rage in motion, in joy, in honoring of our journeys with ancestors and with each other. She returns her practice to a communal space through weaving, knitting, and crochet workshops in her studio and the music of her Black queer femme & them punk band FUCK U PAY US. She is currently writing a craft book about DIY as a political and healing tool for soothing the soul and creating connections.