Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2017-18

(Brooklyn, NY)Corinne Spencer


Corinne Spencer is a video artist and director based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is rooted in the black feminine body moving through time and space, unconfined by the limitations of temporal concerns. Her work centers the black feminine body as both container of and gateway to the universe and its mysteries, profanities, and magic—a map and pathway to the interior landscape.

Corinne received a BFA with honors from Massachusetts College of Art + Design in 2010 and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture in 2014. In 2015 she was commissioned by the city of Boston to present her film Hunger, at the contemporary arts festival, Arts Emerge Boston. She was the resident visiting artist for the inaugural session of the Pearl Diving Movement Residency (Pittsburgh, PA) in 2016 and is currently an artist in residence at the Meerkat Media Collective filmmaking residency in Brooklyn, NY.

Project Description

Working at the junction of performance and film, HUNGER is an evening length video-poem performed by two black women in an immersive, sculptural installation. Centering the black feminine subject as the universal voice and body, HUNGER unfolds and reconciles the tension between the yearning for connection and belonging, and the lingering shadow of alienation and displacement. The performance weaves together video projection, spoken and sung text, choreographed movement, and dense soundscapes to dissolve the boundaries between past and present, land and body, inner and outer, self and the world; seeing in these border-crossings the promise of homecoming and liberation.