Selah Marley Delivers a Primordial Universe

By Ayoka Lucas

Photos courtesy of Concrete Comm

Selah Marley

Selah Marley

In this culture of idolizing royal families I believe the surname Marley garners the same illustrious admiration. Thursday evening, Selah Marley, daughter of Lauryn Hill and granddaughter of Bob Marley presented her first art installation project: A Primordial Place at BKLYN Studios with an ethereal labyrinth style celebration attended by wall-to-wall ‘cool kids’ and special guests including model Slick Woods, Chrissy Rutherford, Tiffany Reid and of course the Queen, Lauryn Hill! Walking into the venue I crossed through what I can only describe as a horticultural fantasy with green plants and floral arrangements lining the walls of a glowing tunnel ending in two circular entrances that brought me into a red hued illuminated tropical room. When I emerged, after re-walking this dream like tunnel for my IG story,  I spotted Marley speaking to the crowd about her creative vision and gushing words of gratitude for the love filled reception she received. There was talk of a special performance and we were released to venture through the installation, which evolved into various pop-up photo shoots in every corner, as guests were eager to document themselves in Marley’s imaginative wonderland. Through out the night you would catch a glimpse of the gorgeous model/artist floating around the room with boyfriend in tow welcoming her supporters who, of course, were equally as covet-ably cool.

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A Primordial Place is described as a sensory art-installation and experience allowing guests to be immersed into the collective conscience of 20 year-old artist, Selah Marley.  From the ivory colored dripping flowers above to the larger than life sized tree complete with the addition of stimulating sounds. I appreciated the ‘escape’ of it all from ‘The Concrete Jungle’ that is NYC into this primordial paradise. During the last hour of the night, the guest were encouraged to find one of the many large leafy curated platforms to stand on in order to view the dance performance, yet another element thought up by Marley.  They entered in feathered almost swan like costumes and tribal face paint moving with incredible flexibility and grace contorting their body’s and mixing choreography rooted in African dance, ballet and hip-hop.

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Saturday the exhibit closed with a massive after party where Marley hosted in a fearless sheer nude top confirming her admirable sense of comfort with who she is and marking another bold step in the female battle to ‘free the nipple’. The love for this budding star is as undeniable as the success of her first art installation. I witnessed first hand the passion and multi-disciplinary talent of Marley’s vision and remain floored by the meticulous details of this tropical paradise. Of course, I dreaded leaving this oasis but I was grateful for the surge to my comatose senses that can develop from city living. If anything, I’m excited about my new obsession to head to the nearest plant store and stoked that primordial is now a permanent resident in my vocabulary!

Selah & Lauryn Hill

Selah & Lauryn Hill

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Slick Woods & Others

Slick Woods & Others

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