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damali abrams

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I recorded myself everyday of 2009, mostly in video diary format, sometimes wearing costumes.
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Walking interview/performance with performance art legend Linda Mary Montano.
Artist's Statement

My fictional television network, Self-Help TV, is an ongoing video-performance project, using my own body and personal history as a point of departure. Self-Help TV employs a range of televisual formats, including comedy, drama and reality to examine issues of self-improvement.

Mainstream self-help tends to ignore how factors such as race, class and gender might affect one’s overall well-being. However, as a woman of color, it is important to give visibility to people who are rarely represented. I also intend for my work to be universal, to subtly engage viewers in the space where we all feel alienated, out-of-place or unsure.


damali abrams is a Guyanese-American video-performance artist who lives and works in NYC. She received her BA at New York University and her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts. damali is a 2009-10 A.I.R. fellowship recipient. Her ongoing video-performance project, Self-Help TV, has been screened in New York, Philadelphia,Vermont, New Mexico and Miami.