A Contemporary Exploration of Blackness & Fatness
Written, Created, and Performed by Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva

SEVEN is a unique interdisciplinary performance film project that confronts the intersection of Blackness and Fatness through the lens of the Seven Deadly Sins and the Seven Heavenly Virtues. By tackling these often marginalized topics through her personal experiences, renowned local actress and writer Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva opens the field to discuss issues of mental health, sexual health, and spirituality that uniquely relate to Black women. SEVEN is currently in development, including several community engagement events throughout Spring 2021.

Public Panel + Film Sneak Peek: Premiered Thursday, June 10th

In the above video, hear Jennifer in conversation with mental health professionals around the themes of this new work, get an exclusive sneak peek at some of the work-in-progress, and hear from the creative team about their process developing this meaningful performance film.

SEVEN is developed in partnership with abrasiveMedia, Women of Color Collaborative, and Fashion Is for Every Body.


JENNIFER WHITCOMB-OLIVA (Creator, Writer, Performer)

Jennifer Whitcomb-Oliva is an award-winning multidisciplinary performance artist with over a decade of experience in Nashville’s artistic community. Among her many stage credits, she was recently seen in: Steel Magnolias and Cinderella at Studio Tenn; Shakespeare in Love at Nashville Rep; One Vote Won and The Cradle Will Rock at Nashville Opera; Haunted with Actors Bridge Ensemble; and The Toxic Avenger with Street Theatre Company. In addition to her prolific stage career, Jennifer has a diverse background in choreography and poetry that has informed her original works, including The Darkness and Other Black Things, a devised solo performance that combined poetry, sound design, and movement, which she premiered in 2019 at Kindling Arts Festival. In this new multimedia work, SEVEN, Jennifer mixes her original writings and movement to create a cinematic work that confronts fatphobia and celebrates Black identity. 

This project is made possible, in part, by funding from: 

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