Magical Negro

Defibrillator Gallery
2013

 In this three-ringed spectacle, Pinder transforms the Defibrillator space into a playground for the body and mind. In three distinct heroic exercises, he embodies the role of the most contemporary black trope, the ‘Magical Negro’. In an exchange with the audience, he demonstrats how physical actions can explore the darker side of this complex stereotype. Accompanied by music and narration, this performance challenges the viewer to understand how both absurd and rational actions can be imbued with racial meaning in context with the use of the black body.