Gitarenunterricht (2013), 3:00
The second in her “Unterricht” series, the artist this time exposes her fear of performance. Griffith acknowledges that phobias are cultural. Conversely for the artist, to “fail” is as frightening a prospect as to “succeed,” as success in performance for a Black woman fulfils stereotypes of the “Entertaining Negro”.
“Ottawa” is one of three parts of the film installation. This installation was commission by the RRR Festival in Berlin where it accompanied a performance by Karina Griffith and guitarist Ian Douglas-Moore.