for Performing Diaspora Residency 2019
mouth//full utilizes these tenants of our work with a specific focus on the deconstruction of familiar church spaces. Re-fashioning instruments of traditional faith such as pews, the pulpit, the cross, and choir robes to contextualize them inside of our framework of inclusivity. Sourcing from traditional Igbo masquerade, praise dance and church mime, OYSTERKNIFE directly bridges the African mas(querade), the Black Mas(s), and the BlaQ people who stretch the fabric of faith in their image. We are in pursuit of faith as exposed by the dissonances and slippages of our communities, redefining “heaven on earth” in direct dialogue with our fellow artists and the Tenderloin.