Commonwealth and Council

a shoe, a phone, a castle

Danielle Dean

Press Release
Installation view

Installation view

 True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle)

True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle)

2017

Two-channel video, color, sound, 9 min 39 sec

 True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

 True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

 True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

 True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

True Red Ruin (Elmina Castle), video still

Installation view

Installation view

True Red Ruin parts, 2016
Gator board with digital print
Dimensions variable


Missing pieces, 2016
Three cardboard boxes with digital print
Dimensions variable


Pop-up house mailers, 2016
Pop-up house mailers
Dimensions variable

A fleet of ten ships, 2016
Shrink-wrapped shoe flyers, digital print on shelf
16 x 30 x 3 ½ inches


Lanyard, 2016
Laminated business card and lanyard
3 x 24 inches 

A fleet of ten ships, detail

A fleet of ten ships, detail

Installation view

Installation view

I'm not going to accept nothing

I'm not going to accept nothing

2017

Digitally printed banner, laminated business card, color photo print, shoe flyer, velvet, walnut frame
49.5 x 52.5 x 2.5 in

Hello everyone

Hello everyone

2017

Digitally printed banner, sunglasses, color photo prints, velvet, walnut frame
53 x 50.5 x 2.75 in

Maybe we need to stick to trading at sea

Maybe we need to stick to trading at sea

2017
Digitally printed banner, pop-up house mailers, color photo print, velvet, walnut frame
51.5 x 51.5 x 2.75 in

Installation view

Installation view

True Red

True Red

2015
Hand-drawn digital animation, color, sound, 3 min 45 sec 

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

True Red, video still

Installation view

Installation view

The space of a shoe box (4G)

The space of a shoe box (4G)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
20 ¾ x 12 ½ inches

The space of a shoe box (1G)

The space of a shoe box (1G)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
12 x 12 inches 

The space of a shoe box (3G)

The space of a shoe box (3G)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
16 x 12 ¾ inches 

The space of a shoe box (OG)

The space of a shoe box (OG)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
13 x 31 inches

The space of a shoe box (5G)

The space of a shoe box (5G)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
16 ¾ x 19 ½ inches

The space of a shoe box (2G)

The space of a shoe box (2G)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
17 x 13 inches

The space of a shoe box (6G)

The space of a shoe box (6G)

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
11 x 12 inches

Installation view

Installation view

The landscape

The landscape

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
29 x 29 inches

References clockwise from the top:
Elmina Castle and Fort St Jago, 1668 (after a Dutch sailor?)
Elmina Castle and Fort St Jago, 1665 (Eugen copy)
Elmina Castle, 1704 (after a Dutch officer?)
Elmina Castle, 1640-4 (Vingboons copy)
Elmina Castle and Fort St Jago, 1682 (after Barbot)
Elmina Castle, August 1637 (after Propheet)
Elmina Castle, 1704 (after a Dutch officer?)
Elmina Castle and Fort St Jago, 1640-4 (author unknown)
Elmina Castle, January-February 1637 (by post)

The castle

The castle

2017
Pencil and ink on paper, velvet, walnut frame
29 x 29 inches

A Portrait of True Red

A Portrait of True Red

2016
HD video, color, sound, 8 min 40 sec

IMAGE AND TEXT SOURCES:
Nike Commercials various
Nike Dunk Low SB True Red (vampire) YouTube reviews
Various historical accounts of Tacky rebellion in Jamaica 1760
The Things That Fly in the Night: Female Vampires in Literature of Circum-Caribbean and African diaspora, Giselle Liza Anatol, 2015
Assata Shakur in her own words, open letter to Pope John Paul II, 1998
Army of one commercial “Fight back”, 2003
Chinese Shoe Factory Workers Strike in Guangdong Province, NTDV, 2011
Chinese Labor Strike: 5,000 Workers Strike At Factory Making Shoes For Nike, Timberland, Kenneth Cole; Police Dogs Deployed, 2015
30,000 Chinese Factory Workers Strike Against Nike Manufacturer, 2014
Hansae to build apparel factory in Haiti, The Korea Times, 2015

PERFORMER:
Celma Neto
PRODUCTION:
Cinematographer, special effects and sound mix: Sharad Patel
Colorist: Ryan Nguyen from Huephoric
Lighting: Nadji Films

A Portrait of True Red, installation view

A Portrait of True Red, installation view

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still

A Portrait of True Red, video still