Jefferson Pinder, Chicago-based video performance artist, explains the importance of physical exertion in his performance art. Hear how Black history, Houdini, street theater and symbols of power and struggle inform his practice.
At the time of this recording, Pinder was preparing for his 2011 appearance as the Escape Artist in Salisbury, Maryland. The performance commemorated the death of Matthew Williams, who was confined to a straightjacket when he was lynched in front of the Wicomico courthouse on December 4, 1931.
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Sound Editor: Ira Kip | Photos: Courtesy Jefferson Pinder
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