LET'S TAKE IT HOME
a new film by Christian Noelle Charles & Boldieaintaboy AKA Nina Mdwaba
LET’S TAKE IT HOME is a digital spoken word and visual performance film exploring the blurred lines of being together and being apart, where home is and is not and how we come to understand and define home for ourselves, through black art, culture and friendship when we can’t physically be home. Home: the initial definition of a safe space.
Boldieaintaboy Spoken word artist & performer Boldieaintaboy and visual practitioner Christian Noelle Charles explore this narrative through poetry, music and movement, and candid conversation that attempts to stir away from the gaze.
Performed, filmed and edited by Boldieaintaboy & Christian Noelle Charles
Curated by Cabbage
Supported by the Cabbage Resilience Programme
Christian Noelle Charles (b.1993, New York) is a Black Female Artist currently living and working in Glasgow, Scotland. A Syracuse, New York native, Christian's work is an exploration of female representation and self-love in a contemporary world. She has acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the Cooper Union in New York City and a Master of Fine Arts at the Glasgow School of Art. She has presented works with Tramway in Glasgow, Scotland, and South London Gallery in London. Christian takes inspiration from today's pop culture, modern performance techniques, and personal experiences. She also derives inspiration as a video performance artist from the relationship between performer and audience member. By using the mediums of printmaking, video, and performance her work demonstrates a celebration of self-love and individuality.
“I fall in love with myself, and I want someone to share it with me. I want someone to share me with me.” - Eartha Kitt
Nina Siphesihle Pinkie Mdwaba is a South African born (b.1995) writer, theatre - maker, spoken word and performance artist. Nina’s performance practice is predominantly autobiographical and intra-disciplinary and explores subject matter relating to race, gender, and sexuality and ritualistic healing. She works predominantly in verbatim, using real life accounts to carry through the narratives in her pieces. Other mediums used in Nina’s work include poetry, music, movement, and film whilst incorporating various themes rooted in her African heritage. Nina has recently graduated from her MA in Drama and Movement Therapy at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London. Since starting her performance career in 2017 Nina has performed her works in over 20 art venues in Glasgow and London, including the GOMA, Modern institute , CCA, Transmission, Turner Prize contemporary and a handful of festivals including Brainchild and Womenfest in London. Nina’s poetry work has recently been published in an Anthology with Poets versus in partnership with UNWomen UK. She is currently residing and making artwork in London with an emphasis on film, music, poetry and experimenting with tapestry. She plans to publish a book of poems by 2022.
LET'S TAKE IT HOME was first screened at Catalyst Arts FIX21 festival, in October 2021.