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The Lab is a nonprofit experimental art and performance space located in the Mission District of San Francisco.

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Simone Bailey: Sway, Clench, Release (Requiem No. 415)

  • The Lab 16th and Mission Street San Francisco, CA United States (map)

Saturday, February 24, 2018; 7-7:30pm
16th and Mission BART Plaza

100 years after the beginnings of the Great Migration, San Francisco's black population, like the black populations in urban cities around the country, has been gutted. Historically, the North and West offered black Americans social and economic opportunities that could not be found in the Southern states our predecessors sought to escape. Now that has shifted to what many are calling a New Great Migration back to the South. Bailey asks, what does it mean for current socio-economic conditions to force black Americans back to the South?

The Lab’s 16th and Mission Project invites artists and the public to use the 16th Street and Mission BART plaza as a public art forum: a site for active social exchange through the medium of constructed situations. Events programmed for the corner’s regulars and passing pedestrians will inspire curiosity, participation, dialogue, and active witnessing. The actions are led by artists working in fields ranging from social practice and dance to mixed visual media and social justice.

Presented in conjunction with Limited Edition. Limited Edition is an Open Space partnership with CounterPulse, The Lab, ODC Theater, Performance at SFMOMA, and Z Space, exploring questions of legacy and lineage through performances, discussions, and gatherings at various locations throughout the city, with commissioned texts appearing regularly online. For more information about the partnership, please visit Open Space