Freya Powell, Only Remains Remain (work in progress), 2020
Only Remains Remain is an immersive performance addressing the current migrant crisis in the United States through the characters of the classic Greek tragedy Antigone. With an ensemble of 15 performers, the piece explores the mournful potential of the voice utilizing pitch, intonation, breath, movement, and silence.
The performance uses the structure of a Sophoclean chorus to communicate an elegy for the hundreds of unidentified migrants that were buried in mass graves in Sacred Heart Cemetery in Brooks County, Texas. The county buried these individuals, whose bodies were found on nearby farms, without following traditional burial standards, in mass graves that bear no names. In 2013, forensic anthropologist Dr. Lori Baker started to exhume the remains and ascertain, through DNA testing, the identities of the deceased. Baker and her team worked tirelessly to return the bodies to their families and offer a sense of closure, echoing the heroic Antigone defying the state to honorably bury her brother. The chorus of women seeks to recognize the lives of those laid to rest as unknowns by addressing the silence of their burial and our complicity and grief in the process.
Only Remains Remain was created by the artist Freya Powell. The performance will take place outdoors and runs for approximately 45 minutes. It is presented as part of Death Becomes Her, an exhibition on view at BRIC, and co-curated by Green-Wood.
Free and open to the public, but RSVP is strongly suggested. Please register using the Eventbrite box below and consider a donation to help Green-Wood continue to offer free and low-cost program throughout the year.
Only Remains Remain was developed through the VW Dome Artist Residency at MoMA PS1, New York and is made possible, in part, by Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.