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Visualizing Refusal: Ja’Tovia Gary’s Acts Of Care

Updated: Jun 10

Writer and DJ Amarie Gipson discusses Ja'Tovia Gary's art and films--prompting us to consider the intersection of music, visual art and self-care.

THE GIVERNY DOCUMENT (2019). Single Channel, 41 mins. Directed, edited and animated by Ja’Tovia Gary.


In an article for Arts.Black., Amarie Gipson discusses the work of Ja’Tovia Gary, her engagements with archival material, and how her artwork reflects the teachings of Black feminists theorists, like bell hooks, Saidiya Hartman, and Christina Sharpe.

"Gary's decision is profound. By inserting her won body, both on the emulsion of the film and on the the screen, her gaze becomes a site of resistance and a getaway into her interior psychological space."