Bethany Collins‘ solo show “The Litany” consists of a major site-specific installation with an additional performance by the artist, occurring during Art Basel Miami Beach 2018.
“My destiny is in your hands” is an immersive room within the exhibition space, with the walls covered by wallpaper and by official state flowers of the American South. Through the use of language of flowers, the artist intends to commemorate significant acts of violence happened throughout American history. In the centre of the room, a copy of the installation “America: A Hymnal” is displayed, consisting of 100 versions of the song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, composed in 1831 but then re-titled and re-written hundreds of times over the years.
A day-long performance of “America: A Hymnal” will debut at Locust Projects on December 6, 2018 as part of the exhibition. All 100 versions will be sung by volunteers and small choirs continuously throughout the day.
- Bethany Collins, "The Litany", November 17, 2018 - January 26, 2019, Courtesy of Locust Projects, Miami