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Antioch students participate in “Sweep” performance with artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji

On July 20, 2014, five Antioch students performed “Sweep” with Wura-Natasha Ogunji, a visiting artist in the “Call & Response” dynamic of black women and performance, organized by Gabrielle Civil, associate professor of performance .

Students Ciana Ayenu '17, Hannah Priscilla Craig '17, IdaLease Cummings '16, Nzinga Ashley Jones '16 and Noella Nzishura '16 carried vessels of earth on their heads and poured it in the center of the Antioch campus with the earth and their bodies.

In silence, they swept this earth and then made an imprint of it with their bodies. They then returned the earth into the vessels and walked away in six directions with the vessels of earth back on their heads. This haunting work raised questions about the way we leave our mark on the land and the presence of those before us.

Ogunji, based in Austin, Texas and Lagos, Nigeria, worked with students to help them prepare for this performance, previously presented with other performers at such places as the 2014 Hemispheric Institute Encuentro in Montreal and the 2013 Yari Yari Ntoaso Symposium in Accra, Ghana.

A mix of students, faculty, staff and local residents of Yellow Springs attended the afternoon performance.