E. Jane

Lavendra is the name given by American artist and sound designer E. Jane to a fantastical brown dwarf star, an imagined planetary cosmos ‘stabilised’ for human presence by the harmonising influence of 1990s black pop divas including Aaliyah, Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton.

In the historic Kelvin Hall, visitors encounter an intimate space that has been soaked in gradients of pink, purple and blue light and contains collages and fan-style music videos filmed in domestic space that splice these spaces with images of the artist performing in video-collaged environments. It’s a scenario that in particular allows E. Jane’s diva alter-ego, MHYSA to come through. MHYSA performs in these videos, in live solo performances and in performace art and music duo SCRAAATCH alongside producer lawd knows.

Taking in themes associated with Afrofuturism, Lavendra is driven by both a sense of what might be magical in the internet era – when identity and representation are given a heightened digital public platform – as well as a desire to heal.

Supported by Glasgow International, Glasgow Museums and the Henry Moore Foundation.