Tabita Rezaire is infinity longing to experience itself. Her path as an artist, farmer, devotee, yoga teacher and doula is all geared towards manifesting the divine in herself and beyond. Her cross-dimensional practices envision network sciences – organic, electronic and spiritual – as healing technologies serving the shift towards heart consciousness. As we long to connect with ourselves, each other, the earth, and the cosmos, Rezaire weaves together scientific explorations and mystical emanations to summon the art of connection. She embraces digital, corporeal and ancestral memory to tackle colonial wounds and energetic disharmony affecting the songs of our body-mind-spirits. Rezaire’s work is rooted in time-spaces where technology and spirituality intersect as fertile ground to nourish visions for connection and emancipation.
Through screen interfaces and healing circles, her offerings aim to nurture our collective growth and expand our capacity for togetherness.
Rezaire is devoted to becoming a mother to the world. She is based near Cayenne in French Guiana, where she is birthing AMAKABA, her vision for collective healing in the Amazonian Forest.
Rezaire’s video installation Deep Down Tidal (2017) excavates the power of water as a conductive interface for communication. From submarine cables to sunken cities, drowned bodies, hidden histories of navigations and sacred signal transmissions, the ocean is home to a complex set of communication networks.
As modern information and communication technologies become omnipresent in our industrialized realities, we urgently need to understand the cultural, political and environmental forces that have shaped them.
Looking at the infrastructure of submarine fibre-optic cables that transfers our digital data, it is striking to realize that the cables are layered onto colonial shipping routes. Once again, the bottom of the sea becomes the interface of painful yet celebrated advancements masking the violent deeds of modernity. Deep Down Tidal navigates the ocean as a graveyard for Black knowledge and technologies. From Atlantis to the ‘Middle passage’, or latter-day refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, the ocean abyss carries lost histories and broken lineages while simultaneously providing the global infrastructure for our current telecommunications. Could the violence of the Internet lie in its physical architecture?
Like countless African and indigenous traditional sciences, research in physics now suggests that water has the ability to memorize and copy information, disseminating it through its streams. What data is our world’s water holding? What messages are we encoding into our waters? Beyond historical sorrow, water is a portal to other realities, as the mysterious sea life of mermaids, water deities, and serpent spirits celebrated in many cosmologies remind us. Deep Down Tidal is an inquiry into the intricate cosmological, spiritual, political and technological entangled narratives that emanate from water as an interface for understanding the legacies of colonialism.
Tabita Rezaire has shared her offerings widely – Centre Pompidou, Paris; MASP, Sao Paulo; Serpentine, London; MoMa, NY; New Museum, NY; Gropius Bau, Berlin; MMOMA, Moscow; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; ICA, London; V&A, London; National Gallery Denmark; The Broad LA; MoCADA, NY; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, Paris – and contributed to several international biennales such as: Guangzhou Triennial, Kochi Biennale, Athens Biennale, Biennale 09, Performa 17.
Deep Down Tidal
Commissioned for Citizen X – Human, Nature & Robots Rights by Oregaard Museum, Denmark
Courtesy of the artist and Goodman Gallery.