SeeMee Exhibition Space, NYC - December 2014-January 2015
Co-Created by Jonathan Camuzeaux & Andrew Belcher
Stack of Fives is a photographic exploration of story-telling, in which artists are prompted to push the boundaries of their creative process. What if a writer’s only tool for creation was a drum set? What if the drummer was forced to express himself using a paint brush? What if the painter used actors as colors and the stage as a canvas? The musician expresses life with sound, the dancer with movement, the sculptor with shapes and the writer with words. Every artist employs a unique vocabulary and set of tools to share their story. These tools define their voice and in turn, their voice defines them. But what happens when artists, from varying disciplines, are forced to tell a story with the tools of a medium they aren’t trained in? This is the question Stack of Fives explores.
Back in 2012, Stack of Fives partnered with MassBliss and asked 15 artists from different fields, ranging from theatre directors to graffiti artists, to tell a story through a simple format imposed to them: 1 panoramic photograph composed of 5 photographs of the same person or group of people, merged together into a single landscape. The result, a collection of large-scale photographs that approach story-telling in new and unexpected ways, was unveiled at the Stack of Fives World Premiere Exhibition in December 2014, accompanied by an original performance piece based on the stories told in the photographs.
Andrew Belcher: Co-Creator, Producer
Jonathan Camuzeaux: Co-Creator, Photographer, Producer
Stack of Fives Artists
Ito Aghayere, Theodore Bouloukos, Donovan W. Christie Jr., Simòn Adinia Hanukai, Marilee Herring, Mayu Iwazaki, Anita Kirpalani, Jen Kosky, Leemore Malka, Jimmy Maize, Miranda Hope Shea, Jeri Silverman, Biniam Tekola
World Premiere Exhibition Performance
Directed by Simón Adinia Hanukai
Lighting & Set Design by Oliver Wason
Musical Arrangements & Direction by Jonathan Camuzeaux
Stage Management by Alejandra Duque Cifuentes
Cast: Andrew Belcher, Donovan W. Christie Jr., Mayu Iwasaki, Wei-Yi Lin, Brenda Zamora
Musicians: Nkoula Badila, Ntangou Badila, Jonathan Camuzeaux, Aatifa Drayton, Lady Moon, Jensen Olaya, Ken Reichl
The Stack of Fives Theatre Performance presented at the World Premiere Exhibition on December 5th and 6th, 2014 in New York City is devised by the Ensemble, based on the series of photographs.