Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2014-15

(Brooklyn, NY)Rosamond S. King

Project Description

On Paper questions and critiques the criteria used to determine who is a success. My own professional, creative, and personal achievements and aspirations are read out loud and positioned on a wall -- or the ground -- based on the importance given to them by my day job as a college professor. Attached to a harness and rope, my body will also rise and fall during the performance. With this movement, a ladder, oil, and -- of course -- paper, a pristine white area is transformed into a complicated, crumpled, blackened space -- much like the career of an artist-professor.


Rosamond S. King is a creative and critical writer, performer, and artist. Her work is deeply informed by the cultures and communities she is part of (including African, Caribbean, and queer), by history, and by a sense of play. Her staged and guerilla performance art is culturally and politically engaged and has appeared in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, and throughout the USA. The BAAD!ASS Women Festival, Dixon Place, the AfiRIPerFOMA African Performance Art Biennal, Poets House, Teatro Estudio Yerbabruja (Puerto Rico), the Bowery Poetry Club, and other venues have hosted her performances. King is an Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College, part of the City University of New York.