Shenece Oretha with Blair Ebony Smith | Artist Performance Lecture

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Curved purple stage curtain suspended in a black box theater with plastic seats arrayed before the opening in the curtain, like a small stage ready for a show
Shenece Oretha, In Counter Harmony, 2022. Installation view at Brent Biennial 2022, In the House of my Love. Photo by Thierry Bal.


A black woman with a knit cap bends over a sound board with large speakers nearby. She is performing beats at a Black Girl Genius Week celebration. On the wall behind her are photos of girls from the program.
Blair Ebony Smith performs as lovenloops during Black Girl Genius Week at Krannert Art Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.

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a woman's hand holds a note in front of a large bass speaker. The note says 'feeling you'.
Shenece Oretha, Studio notes, 2020.

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two bookshelf speakers are on tall stands that are twisted to intertwine. The stands also share a single power cord that runs along the floor. They sit in an orange room.
Shenece Oretha, Conspiracy: After Jeanne Lee, 2021-2022. Installation view at Jerwood Arts, London, England.
Oct 18, 2022 - 12 noon
Main Level, Light Court Gallery (north)
Co-sponsored by the School of Art & Design, Krannert Art Museum, and College of Fine and Applied Arts. Supported by the Frances P. Rohlen Visiting Artists Fund through the College of Fine and Applied Arts and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Join us for an back to back DJ performance lecture by multidisciplinary artist Shenece Oretha and exhibiting artist Blair Ebony Smith (lovenloops), presented as part of the Black on Black on Black on Black exhibition.

Shenece Oretha (b. Montserrat) is a London based multidisciplinary artist sounding out the mobilising potential of sound and listening in art.

Through multi-vocal and multichannel installations, sculpture, print, workshops and text Shenece Oretha amplifies and celebrates listening and sound as an embodied and collective practice. Her works are attentive to not just the music, but the musicality of Black oral and aural traditions, ceremonies and literature together with the emotional, physical and communal resonance they generate.

Her solo shows include Ah So It Go, Ah No So It Go, Go So!, Cubitt Gallery, London(2022), Called to Respond, Cell Project Space, London, (2020), TESTING GROUNDS, Cafe OTO Project Space, London, (2019). Group exhibitions include, In the House of My Love, Brent Biennial 2022 , London (2022), SURVEY II, G39, Cardiff and Jerwood Arts, London (2021), Cinders, Sinuous and Supple, Les Urbaines (2019), Lausanne, Switzerland (2019) and PRAISE N PAY IT/ PULL UP, COME INTO THE RISE, South London Gallery, London, (2018).

Shenece was recently commissioned to make a new work in response to the sound archive at the British Library as part of the CCA Show – Notes on Play (2021).

See her work at or follow her on Instagram @oooretha