Sonia Louise Davis engages improvisation across installation, writing, weaving and performance. In her practice, Davis creates experimental scores using an invented graphic notation. Her work is deeply informed by critical race and feminist theory as well as her training as a jazz vocalist. Sonia Louise Davis was born and raised in New York City. In September 2016 her large-scale collaborative performance shake the stars with your song premiered at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has exhibited work at Visitor Welcome Center, Los Angeles; Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space, New York City; and the Bronx Museum of the Arts. This past spring her writing was published in Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory. An honors graduate of Wesleyan University and alumna of the Whitney Independent Study Program, Sonia lives and works in Harlem.

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Refusal To Coalesce
July 11 – September 2, 2018

This openness, this dissonance, this residual informality, this refusal to coalesce, this differential resistance to enclosure, this sounded animateriality, this breaking vessal and broken flesh is poetry, one of whose other names, but not just one name among others, is blackness.
- Fred Moten, from “Blackness and Poetry”

Refusal to Coalesce:

            an evolving installation,
                    subtle-ly shifting,
                            periodically documented,
        a durational (non)performance.

                        Improvisation as practice, method and material. Call and response, 
    listening.
                                Allowance to play;
                   language comes later;
              let it emerge.

    Greta writes, “Everything is ongoing, the score continues, no matter at what point you
    see the work, she has the power to continue its evolution, ever changing, developing, 
    living.”

                                                                       And I write, “clear workspace of clutter, breathe.

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