Degas, De’Anne & Miss La La: A live desktop performance by De’Anne Crooks
Wednesday 5 May, 6 – 6.45pm
Free; online via Zoom
Miss Lala at the Cirque Fernando (1879) is a drawing by Edgar Degas of Miss La La, an acrobat of mixed European and African parentage. Exoticised at the time as an African princess, Miss La La’s true name was Olga Kaira Brown, born in Strettin, Germany (now Poland.)
In response to this preparatory sketch of Olga Kaira Brown, Birmingham-based artist De’Anne Crooks presents a live desktop performance engaging with themes of spectatorship, strength and Blackness. This online event will explore the history of Olga Kaira Brown and the artwork and will also feature a Q&A session with Crooks.
This session will be hosted via Zoom, allowing participant feedback and discussion.