Skip Navigation

Personal

Steffani Jemison

Contemporary Art

In Steffani Jemison’s Personal, three black men— professional actors based in Brooklyn who responded to an ad Jemison placed—move improvisationally through various locations in Bed-Stuy. Shot against an unfinished mural, in a public park, and on a playing field, the actors walk forward, backward, and in slow circles, with the world around them largely unaffected by their movement.

Jemison moves between letting the footage play naturally and reversing it, making it unclear if the action is unfolding in real time or not. Techniques of repetition and reversal confuse time, space, and sequence. These strategies provoke viewers to consider the impact of inherited narratives and question notions of linear progress, particularly in relation to black Americans.
MEDIUM Digital video projection, color, sound, TRT, 6 minutes 45 seconds
DATES 2014
COLLECTIONS Contemporary Art
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 2015.8
EDITION Edition: ?/3, 2 Aps
CREDIT LINE Alfred T. White Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT ©Steffani Jemison
The Brooklyn Museum holds a non-exclusive license to reproduce images of this work of art from the rights holder named here. The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act. For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact copyright@brooklynmuseum.org. If you wish to contact the rights holder for this work, please email copyright@brooklynmuseum.org and we will assist if we can.
CAPTION Steffani Jemison (American, born 1981). Personal, 2014. Digital video projection, color, sound, TRT, 6 minutes 45 seconds Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 2015.8. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2015.8_Jemison_photograph.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.2015.8_Jemison_photograph.jpg. Image courtesy of the artist, 2015
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
RECORD COMPLETENESS
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.
Steffani Jemison (American, born 1981). <em>Personal</em>, 2014. Digital video projection, color, sound, TRT, 6 minutes 45 seconds


 Brooklyn Museum, Alfred T. White Fund, 2015.8. © artist or artist's estate (Photo: Image courtesy of the artist, CUR.2015.8_Jemison_photograph.jpg)