DURHAM, NORTH CAROLINA Following the success of Buy My Soul And Call It Art, Durham-based artist Monet Noelle Marshall is premiering Buy My Body And Call It A Ticket. The second installment of her “Buy It Call It Trilogy”, this piece juggles topics like body shame, trauma, pleasure, race and ancestry all within the container of carnivals and circuses. Marshall references Solange’s A Seat At The Table and Sonya Renee Taylor’s book on radical self love “The Body Is Not An Apology” for this work. But she most heavily relies on her experiences as a Queer, fat Black cisgender woman who lives and has ancestral roots in the American South to guide her. “There are stories in, about, and around my body,” Marshall says. “Creating Buy My Body And Call It A Ticket is an opportunity for me to reveal what has been hidden, deal with what has been ignored and heal that which has festered. It is my hope that in doing this work I can stand in the gap for others as they course correct their relationship with their body.”
This piece follows Buy My Soul And Call It Art, which interrogates the ways that Black art, Black people and Black bodies are (under)valued in the mainstream, predominately white arts market.
Though Buy My Body And Call It A Ticket explores different themes, it exists in the “Buy It Call It Trilogy” because of its interactive and immersive features. Marshall believes that interactive and immersive performances give audiences the opportunity to take risks and challenge the ways they participate in and disrupt systems. Both exhibitions are Pay-What-You-Can, Pay-What-You-Want, Pay-What-It’s-Worth experiences, as such Marshall is raising money via GoFundMe.
For more information, visit www.buyitcallit.com. For promotional photos and interviews, contact Monet Marshall by email at Monet.Marshall@gmail.com or by phone at 516-477-8804.