A performance by Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley

Danielle Brathwaite–Shirley presented A REBIRTHING GUIDE, a new performance at Studio Voltaire in response to their major commission, THE REBIRTHING ROOM.

The decisions taken by the audience influenced the direction and narrative of performance, during which participants were invited to be transformed and reborn.

'You are invited to be guided through a re-birth. This is not a passive presentation. This is a participatory performance, in which your actions will determine what happens.

You may feel uncomfortable.'

THE REBIRTHING ROOM marked the end of Brathwaite-Shirley's year-long residency at Studio Voltaire. The immersive gaming installation demonstrated the artist’s ongoing research into the history of gaming and its role as an art form, pathfinder and educational tool.

Brathwaite-Shirley works across animation, sound, performance, and video game development, intertwining lived experience with fiction to imaginatively archive and retell the stories of Black and Brown Trans people – those living, those that have passed and those that have been forgotten.

  1. Danielle Brathwaite-Shirley (b. 1995, London) is a Berlin/London-based artist. They received a BA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London in 2019. Brathwaite-Shirley works predominantly in animation, sound, performance, and video game development. Their practice focuses on intertwining lived experience with fiction to retell the stories of Black Trans people imaginatively.

    Brathwaite-Shirley's work has been the subject of solo exhibitions and performances at institutions such as SCAD, Savanna (2023) Artnight Dundee (2023) Villa Arson, Nice (2023) Fact, Liverpool (2022) David Kordansky, LA (2022) Project Arts Centre, Ireland (2022); Skänes konstförening, Malmö, Sweden (2022); Arebyte Gallery, London (2021); QUAD, Derby, England (2021); Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo (2021); Tate Modern, London (2020); Focal Point Gallery, London (2020); Science Gallery, London (2020); and MU Hybrid Art House, London (2020). Their work has been included in group exhibitions at institutions such as Julia Stoschek Foundation, Berlin (2022); Münchner Kammerspiele, Munich (2019); Les Urbaines, Lausanne (2019); and Barbican, London (2018).

  2. Courtesy of the artist and Studio Voltaire.

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