Pivot - TENT Rotterdam | Platform voor hedendaagse kunst Pivot - TENT Rotterdam | Platform voor hedendaagse kunst

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Pivot - TENT Rotterdam | Platform voor hedendaagse kunst



A slow burn, visually meditative, research on the notion of Black performance in white spaces. It explores the assumption of performativity by Black and Afro Diasporic people within environments where white people are the majority and what narratives may and can be represented by whom. ​Pivot​ centers a dancer who no longer complies with the request to conform to Eurocentric expectations of a black body performing for an audience that consistently and carelessly consumes her. While they consciously and unconsciously project these expectations linked to stigmatization of the Black body onto her, she reclaims her body and power during an act of resistance on the stage.

Over Online Cinema

De komende weken presenteert TENT Online Cinema een reeks film en videowerken van Rotterdamse kunstenaars. Iedere week presenteren we een nieuw werk. Ieder werk wordt twee weken vertoond, zodat je het nog eens kunt zien of aan anderen kunt aanraden. Tip voor een optimale kijkervaring: doe de gordijnen dicht, luister met koptelefoon voor ideaal geluid, schenk jezelf wat te drinken in en ga er echt voor zitten!


Tarona (b. 1985, Curaçao) is an artist and filmmaker based in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Her work is a continuous exploration and examination of both the visual representation and misrepresentations of Black and Afro Diasporic peoples through film, photography and language. It is also an exploration of the self; what it means to be of mixed racial descent, spanning continents and the implications for current and future generations’ collective identity.

In the European visual landscape, the erasure of Black Caribbean and South American identity is palpable. As they are not a monolith, neither is the representation that is publicly consumed. She is seeking to explore the ways in which the diaspora, in its varied fullness, is represented and contribute to cultivating an alternative and expanded way of knowing and being for Black and Afro Diasporic people.

The imagery in her work questions that visual representation while simultaneously illuminating the complexity of identity defined by oneself and decentering the Eurocentric narrative and gaze. She is giving herself permission to be herself, and in turn offering that permission to others like her.