Masque On


Created, Written, Directed & Performed by JOSELIA REBEKAH HUGHES
Musical Direction & Scoring by AKEEMA-ZANE
Curated by Vision Resident JJJJJEROME ELLIS


Originally Premiered June 9, 2021
Estimated Run Time: 30 Minutes


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Content Advisory: Strong Language




Photo courtesy of Joselia Rebekah Hughes


Accessibility Information

This show includes open captions. 





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JOSELIA REBEKAH HUGHES is a disabled Afro-Caribbean poet, writer and allo-practice-artist. Joselia’s practice examines languages of finitude, instruments abstractions to surface conditions of disabled Blackness, and uses play reclamation as a means to examine societal perceptions and values regarding ability, chronic illness, pain and disability. She’s performed and lectured at bookstores and art centers around New York City including The Strand, Bronx Art Space, Participant Inc, National Sawdust, Brooklyn Public Library, MoMA and the Poetry Project. Some of her writing has appeared in Apogee Journal, Leste Magazine, Ocean State Review and Jewish Currents.

AKEEMA-ZANE is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher who centers the literary, cinematic and performance traditions. She has been artist-in-residence, student, fellow and performer at Groundation Grenada, Cave Canem, The Maysles Documentary Center, Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism and The School of Making Thinking. At The School of Making Thinking, she was a part of the 2018 Immersion 2.0 cohort, where she designed her first Virtual Reality experience which featured herself. Previously, she held a post at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture as an archival curriculum researcher. Her published writings include: There’s a Monopoly on Change, Interlude, When Money Can’t Buy You Home and Basil Grows from Mother Earth. She has spent the past two years working on musical composition, sound design and deejaying.


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Designed to create more equitable and power-sharing curatorial practices, Ars Nova’s new Vision Residency invites seven artist-curators to create, develop and present their own work and work by artists they are inspired by or wish to amplify. Masque On is curated by Vision Resident JJJJJerome Ellis. Learn more about JJJJJerome and his vision HERE. LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PROGRAMS.