Jamilah Sabur

New Commission, 2019
Mobile Video installation on water


ABOUT THE WORK

Sabur performs rituals and adapts them as video works. The videos become much more than documentation of performance but ultimately are images of idols, venerated figures, symbolic gestures and ceremony. From the rituals she created in Florida where she uses the diamond/rhombus shape as a symbolic means to connect to home in Jamaica,  to her uncanny depiction of Saint Sebastian in black and white that posits a strange experiment and metamorphosis, to her work Playing Possum that repositions the moon landing as a kind of ritual dance for a body in between worlds, in a void between realms or potentially near death; Sabur’s work consistently highlights that an exchange of memories, an exchange of energy can occur between two places or multiples sites across geography and time, especially through ritual, performance, the sacred and the profane. 

Untitled  (rhombus: above Lake Apopka North Shore), 2017 Single-channel video Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.

Untitled (rhombus: above Lake Apopka North Shore), 2017
Single-channel video
Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.

Untitled  (rhombus: cradling Mars west of the Sargasso Sea), 2017 Single-channel video Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.

Untitled (rhombus: cradling Mars west of the Sargasso Sea), 2017
Single-channel video
Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.

Playing Possum , 2012 Single-channel video Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.

Playing Possum, 2012
Single-channel video
Courtesy of the artist and Nina Johnson, Miami.


BIO

Notions of time and place collide in the work of Jamilah Sabur. In her multidisciplinary practice, the artist considers the past, present, and future along with complex relationships between varied geographies. Sabur’s 2019 exhibitions include a solo exhibition Un chemin escarpé / A steep path at the Hammer Museum and a group exhibition The Other Side of Now: Foresight in Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Perez Art Museum. Sabur was an artist in residence at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum in 2017. She is currently an artist in residence at Oolite Arts.

Jamilah Sabur was born in 1987 in Jamaica. She lives and works in Miami.