Onyeka Igwe, The Miracle of George Green, 2022. Production image.
Igwe’s is the second film commissioned for the High Line Originals program
High Line Art announces today the premiere of artist and filmmaker Onyeka Igwe’s film, The Miracle on George Green, on May 11, 2022. The film will be screened daily at dusk on the High Line at 14th Street until 6 July 2022. The Miracle on George Green begins with the social history of a shack in east London and expands to other collective sites and social movements of the commons across time. Igwe’s film is the second commission for High Line Originals, a format for making new video art. The presentation of The Miracle on George Green is curated by Melanie Kress, High Line Art Associate Curator.
Working through film and installation, Onyeka Igwe creates non-fiction films that use text, images and historical archival film to change the maps of how we understand the past and present. Igwe’s films unfold like eights, guided by music, performance, and compelling voice-overs. Using a forensic lens, Igwe draws audiences into individual, shared stories that thrive on a multiplicity of narratives, rather than a singular, reductive story.
The Miracle on George Green tells a collective social story of the British tradition of the commons – land held and used collectively to gather, play and debate. The film centers on the George Green treehouse in East London. In the early 1990s, when the old chestnut tree that housed the treehouse was threatened, a group of schoolchildren wrote letters to the treehouse as part of a campaign to save it. From this story, Igwe’s film expands outward through archival material from other social collective sites: the Diggers of the 17th century, the radical summer camps in northern New York State in the 1930s and 1940s, Greenham Common anti-war protests in the 1980s, squat communities. roadside protest camps in the 1990s and outdoor raves in the 2000s. Igwe’s vision of the past and potential futures for the commons is especially welcome on the High Line, a rebuilt space for connection and community.
The premiere of The Miracle on George Green will feature a conversation between filmmaker Onyeka Igwe and High Line Art Associate Curator Melanie Kress. The screening and conversation will take place on May 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in the 14th Street breezeway on the High Line. The event is free and open to the public; RSVP to thehighline.org.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Onyeka Igwe (born in London, England) lives and works in London, England. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions and screenings at LUX, London, England (2021); Mercer Union, Toronto, Canada (2021); and Jerwood Arts, London, England (2019). Her video works have been screened at institutions and festivals, including KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2020); London Film Festival, London, England (2020 and 2015); Rotterdam International Film Festival, Rotterdam, Netherlands (2020, 2019 and 2018); CC Matienzo, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2019); Smithsonian African-American Film Festival, Washington, DC (2018); The Showroom, London, England, (2018); Institute of Contemporary Arts: ICA, London, England (2017); and Edinburgh Artist Moving Image, Edinburgh, Scotland (2016). She has been featured in major international presentations including Dhaka Art Summit, Dhaka, Bangladesh (2020); and Berlin Biennale, Germany (2018). She received the 2020 Arts Foundation Futures Award for Experimental Short Film and the 2019 Berwick New Cinema Award.
ABOUT HIGH LINE ART
Founded in 2009, High Line Art commissions and produces a wide range of artwork on the High Line, including site-specific commissions, exhibitions, performances, video programs and a series of panel interventions. display. Led by Cecilia Alemani, Director and Chief Curator of Donald R. Mullen, Jr. of High Line Art, and presented by High Line, the arts program invites artists to think about creative ways to engage with architecture, unique history and design. of the park and to foster a productive dialogue with the surrounding neighborhood and urban landscape.
For more information on High Line Art, please visit thehighline.org/art.
ABOUT THE HIGH LINE
The High Line is both a non-profit organization and a public park located on the West Side of Manhattan. Through our work with communities on and off the High Line, we are dedicated to reinventing public spaces to create connected and healthy neighborhoods and cities.
Built on an elevated historic rail line, the High Line was always meant to be more than a park. You can stroll through the gardens, view artwork, catch a performance, enjoy food or drink, or connect with friends and neighbors, all while enjoying a unique perspective of New York City.
Nearly 100% of our annual budget comes from donations. The High Line is owned by the City of New York and we operate under a license agreement with NYC Parks.
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Main support for High Line Art comes from Amanda and Don Mullen. Major support is provided by Shelley Fox Aarons and Philip E. Aarons, the Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston, and the Charina Endowment Fund. Project support is provided by Charlotte Feng Ford and Vivian and James Zelter. Additional support is provided by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. High Line Art is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council, under the direction of President Adrienne Adams.
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