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Dara Friedman, Mother Drum, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 14 minutes 33 seconds.

Dara Friedman

Gavin Brown's enterprise | 620 Greenwich Street

Dara Friedman, Mother Drum, 2016, HD video, color, sound, 14 minutes 33 seconds.

The question of ownership lurks at the edges of Dara Friedman’s new three-channel HD video, Mother Drum, 2016. The work seems to ask: To whom does this land, this neighborhood, this building belong? Having begun the project after the 2014 discovery of an ancient Tequesta Indian village not far from her home in downtown Miami, Friedman traveled to several American Indian reservations in the Northwest to film dancers and drummers. Mother Drum may not explicitly address the connections between its origin (the unearthing of sacred ground at a high-rise construction site) and its screening room (Gavin Brown’s space in Harlem, a former brewery that the dealer has described as an “urban secular cathedral”), but the video underscores such connections nevertheless, revealing a critical edge that tempers the reverential optimism of the artist’s previous works. It is only one of the ways in

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