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Somi: 'In The Absence Of Things' Screening


  • WHEN Tuesday, February 23, 2021 at 5 p.m.
  • WHERE Virtual / ArtPower
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free - $25

This screening is part of Somi's partial residence at ArtPower.

"In the Absence of Things" is an experimental short film written and performed by renowned jazz-vocalist Somi in partnership with the National Black Theatre and Salon Africana. Created during the COVID-19 pandemic, the work is a lyrical meditation on the profound sense of personal vacancy that a performer feels when unable to perform on stage or in front of an audience. The emotional vibration of cultural space in the absence of performance is captured on screen with vocals from Somi’s Grammy-award winning album Holy Room—Live at Alte Oper with Frankfurt Radio Big Band, along with her own spoken narrative and visuals. Somi’s mother even makes an appearance in the picture, a result of her choosing to shelter in place at home in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois at the onset of the pandemic.

The 15-minute work will be followed by a conversation between Somi and a special guest to be announced.

UCSD student, faculty or staff: Free via SSO
General admission: $10
superPOWERED: $25

This program is part of Somi's residence at ArtPower. Future Somi events:
Somi: Creative Process as Anthropological Witness (Feb. 25)
Somi: Remembering Mama Africa (Mar. 4)
Somi: Daughters of Miriam (Mar. 10)

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending. Check local COVID-19 restrictions and updates.

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