There’s Just Something About Death That Makes Us Dance: the revival
“There’s Just Something About Death That Makes Us Dance: the revival” is the stitching of melodic unabashed moments from a Revival Zion burial ceremony in Kingston, Jamaica. Stemming from the “Great Revival,” a Jamaican religious movement of the early 1860s, the Revival Zion religion is often regarded as a cult by Island natives. The film depicts the essence of the faith: impassioned celebration, singing, dancing, symbolic language- a homage of their Afro-ancestry.”
Conversation with filmmaker Rox Campbell and curator Muse Dodd available now on Twitch, watch here.
Rox Campbell is a documentary photographer and expanded media artist born in Kingston, Jamaica and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Campbell’s work primarily utilizes conventional analog and digital photographic methods and conceptual documentary storytelling techniques. They create still and moving portraits of Black people globally, referencing aspects of their history often hidden behind Eurocentrism. Campbell’s work illuminates themes of religious syncretism, creolization, the Black mundane, and gender identity. Ultimately, their work serves to negotiate the discourse surrounding Blackness and perhaps, tell unexplored perspectives. It is about rewriting, showing, and telling. Campbell earned their MFA from Duke University in Experimental and Documentary Arts and a BA in Studio Art from the University of Virginia. They have created work in Jamaica, Haiti, Cameroon, South Africa, and across the United States. Their work has been shown in galleries, public exhibitions, and conferences including the Penn Museum, Horace Williams House, Louise Jones Brown Art Gallery, The Power Plant Gallery, Durham County Public Library, and the South African National Gallery. They currently live and work in Brooklyn, New York.