FF Fund for Performance Art 2007-08

"Get your Fatback"
Saturday, October 20th 2007
at Mt Morris Park in Harlem on 121st and 5th Ave

Performance by
Jessica Ann Peavy & T.I. Williams

Background information
Since colonization, the black female body has been subject to European-inspired scrutiny and critique. In response to the psychological trauma of North American conquest and slavery, African-American culture transformed the hyper-curvaceous (thick) physique, deemed grotesque by European aesthetics, into an object of consummate desire and celebration. Ironically, attempts to save the African-American female form through embracing the thick, has given rise to an African-American diet-influenced lifestyle plagued by morbid obesity, heart disease, cancer, hypertension and other preventable diseases.Fatback doubles as the layer of fat along the back of a pig often used to make lard and the reference to the large bottom of a black woman.

The Fatback Series satirizes the spaces and contexts of food in the African-American tradition and the effects of food on the African-American female psychology and physiology.

The Fatback Series consists of a cooking short featuring three fatback-based recipes and fatback tastings in Central Harlem and Downtown Brooklyn. The pre-recorded cooking show will be distributed to tasting participants and passerbys and the public performances will be documented as part of the series.

This project was made possible in part by Franklin Furnace the Future of the Present grant, supported by New York State Council on the Arts, a State agency and Jerome Foundation