Davia Spain

Frame Rate: Davia Spain curated by Jheanelle Brown


LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) presents Frame Rate: Davia Spain curated by Jheanelle Brown, a multi-channel video installation titled Act 001 hosted by Arts at Blue Roof. Act 001 is a video installation that follows the video’s protagonist through desolate and unfamiliar places in search of understanding herself and her place in the world. The 4-piece video installation is an immersive experience, taking attendees through our heroine’s experience of self-reflection in a new, unknown world. She contends with the following questions: Where is she? How did she get there? Is there a greater reason for her existence? Can she be liberated and have autonomy in this new world? Davia Spain’s Act 001 employs time travel, multi-dimensionality, and circular time theory to imagine new possibilities of living on this plane.⁠

Join LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) on Saturday, May 28th at 7pm for the opening of Davia Spain’s Act 001 and 8pm for a performance by Spain. ⁠

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs.⁠

Please RSVP here.

Blue Roof Studios: 7329 S. Broadway Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90003

Davia Spain is a performance artist, musician, and filmmaker born and raised in California. She harnesses afro-future themes of time travel, multi-dimensionality, and circular time theory to imagine new possibilities for this physical plane. Her education in music, dance, and acting started in highschool and continued through college until her career as a performing artist was sparked in San Francisco. In the past 5 years she has performed at A.C.T. The Strand, REDCAT, The Broad Museum, CounterPulse and more. She has shown work across the US and internationally performing in Montreal, Canada and Mexico City, Mexico. In 2020, she released her debut solo music project titled “Dawning”.

Jheanelle Brown is a film curator/programmer, educator, and writer based in Los Angeles whose curatorial practice creates frameworks to explore the boundlessness of Black life in experimental and non-fiction film and video. She is interested in the space between fugitivity and futurity and elevating an ethic of care, with an emphasis on Caribbean film/video and the L.A. Rebellion. Jheanelle is a programmer for Los Angeles Filmforum and on faculty at California Institute of the Arts and Otis College of Art & Design. Her exhibitions and programs have been presented at Art + Practice, Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the National Museum for African American History and Culture, 18th Street Arts Center, Project Row Houses, and articule gallery, amongst others. At this moment, she is dreaming about cosmic marronage whilst trying to remember her terrestrial obligations.