In Katie Murray’s video of a high school girls’ drill team in Queens, New York, images, movement, and sound converge to offer a riveting collective portrait and commentary on the nature of femininity, urban popular culture, group dynamics, and contemporary ritual. Girls in 4/4, Murray’s first video, is strongly related to her bodies of photographic work that centers on images of youth and family. The drill team depicted is one in which her younger sister participated during her high school years; over this four year period Murray observed and experimented with various ways to portray the team, drawn to the powerful imagery of its precision and focus. First attempting and then ultimately rejecting still photography as too static for the subject at hand, Murray turned to video as a way to best convey the dynamic presence of the team in action and most importantly, the thunderous noise produced by its footsteps.
Girls in 4/4 opens June 12, 2010, from 7-10pm and runs through July 31, 2010. World Class Boxing is open Monday through Friday 10am-5pm, and is located at 170 NW 23rd Street, Miami FL 33127.