An evening of Latin-Latino/a-Hispanic Performance Art presentations.
PERFORMEANDO (colloquial Spanish word for performing) is a program focusing on performance artists of Hispanic descent living and working in the United States. Artists working in this art form, and who identify themselves as Latin, Latino/a or Hispanic.
The first installment of the program takes place in New York City on Saturday, April 6, 2013 at one of the leading venues for performance art in New York City, The Grace Exhibition Space in Brooklyn. Future presentations through out the season will be announced periodically.
Maria Fernanda Hubeaut (Argentina), Ximena Izquierdo (Peru), Geraldo Mercado (Puerto Rico), Polina Porras Sivolobova (Mexico), Renzo Ortega (Peru), Bryan Rodriguez (Peru), Jorge Rojas (Mexico), Maíra Vaz Valente (Brazil).
Organized by artist Hector Canonge.
About the artists:
Maria Fernanda Hubeaut (Argentina) discovered her interests in documentary and artistic photography at the age of 15, and was fascinated by the infinite possibilities of communication and expression of photography. She received a M.A. from the National University of Entre Ríos, Paraná city, Argentina, were she organized and directed workshops of photojournalism for several years. Her work is strongly linked to reality, trying to capture emotions with delicate attention to lights and shadows. Her photographic work has been exhibited in several art galleries, including Rutgers University, Soho Black and White Space, Café Galería Carlitos in Harlem, Times Square, and previously, in Paris France and in Argentinean galleries of Santa Fe, Paraná, Tierra del Fuego and Buenos Aires city. Since 2011 she introduced performance art practice to her work creating individual and collaborative projects.
Ximena Izquierdo (Peru) immigrated to the United States at the end of the year 2000. She lived in Miami for 9 years where she studied art at Design and Architecture Sr. High. Having been heaved into shifting surroundings, she has been searching for the language to cultivate her experiences as a muddled self. As a poet, performance artist, filmmaker, library assistant, cashier at Boomerangs, a babysitter, a sister, a daughter, a roommate, an immigrant, a citizen, a friend, etc, Ximena shifts to find a place for her body in seemingly limited spaces.
Geraldo Mercado (Puerto Rico) is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Yauco, Puerto Rico. Geraldo creates performative works, video art, paintings, and technology based art. He is the Video Artist in Residence with the international theatre company “Buran Theatre”. He is a member of the Boston based photography collective “Cereal Lab” as well as a member of the “Performance Heart” collective. Geraldo received a Bachelors of Science in Film Production from Fitchburg State University. He put his knowledge of film production to good use as the Video Production Manager and in-house performance documentarian at Exit Art from January 2008 until its closing in May 2012. Geraldo was one of the featured artists in the public art festival “Art In Odd Places”, where he created a mobile video art installation that made its way through midtown Manhattan and Flatbush Brooklyn. Geraldo work has also been featured at Panoply Performance Labs, IV Soldiers, Grace Space, Present Company, Studio Place Arts, Culture Fix, Dixon Place, The Brick, United Photo Industries, Exit Art, and many other galleries and venues.
Polina Porras Sivolobova (Mexico) is a visual and performance artist, working primarily in performance art, drawing, photo and video. In her work she constructs and deconstructs images and ideas of gender and multiculturalism using autobiography, psychology, mythology, and anthropology. In performances such as Self-Anatomy 101, What left and Yet Remains and Las Tristes, Muertas y Dormidas Polina used her experiences of being a Russian/Mexican woman, growing up in the Mexican/US border as a source of inspiration. She received commissions from The Queens Council of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, and The Smithsonian’s Museum of the American Indian. She participated in Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics -8th Encuentro 2013, São Paulo, Brazil. Polina is the founder of Avocado Pit, an artist initiative that promotes multidisciplinary art education in communities. She received a Master in Fine Arts and Art and Design Education from Pratt Institute and currently lives in New York City.
Renzo Ortega (Peru) is a New York based artist. His work is about politics, society, and the struggles involved in being an immigrant living in New York and all the benefits of the city’s diversity. Renzo is a founder and advisor of Local Project art space and lead singer of the New York “punk inspired” dance band R-Tronika. His work have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in in USA, Europe and South America. Born into a family of Educators, Renzo works as an Art Educator with different art Institutions, from “art for kids” classes in public schools to “technical skills” oriented workshops to adults. Currently he is MFA Candidate at Hunter College, CUNY.
Bryan Rodriguez (Peru) migrated to the United States from his country of Birth, Peru. After moving around the country numerous times, he finally ended up in South florida where he attended high school. Throughout his experiences as a latino male, functioning as an identity deciphered through western expectations, he has and is attempting to examine minority associations through a hypermasculine lens. Having been exposed to types of misogynist and aggressive masculinity differentiating in culture, race and privilege, he reclaims violent language in his work as a complicated method to investigate violent issues. With this, he aims to make viewers hyper aware of his body as a brown, short, ambiguous looking individual and the anxiety that standards through absolute americana produce upon it. Bryan is currently enrolled as a BFA student in the School of The Museum of Fine Arts and will be graduating in the summer of 2014.
Jorge Rojas (Mexico) is an artist, performer and curator. He studied Art at the University of Utah and at Bellas Artes- El Nigromante in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. Rojas uses both traditional and new media, as well as performance, to explore the creation and processes involved in artistic production. His work and curatorial projects have been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums including Queens Museum of Art, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; New World Museum, Houston; Ex Convento del Carmen, Guadalajara; Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach; Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City; and Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City. He has received grants and fellowships including National Performance Network’s VAN Residency, Experimental Television Center, West Chicago City Museum Artist in Residency Program, Vermont Studio Center, and Project Row Houses. Rojas is the Founding Director of Low Lives, an international, multi-venue online performance festival that was founded in 2009. He was born in Morelos, Mexico.
Maíra Vaz Valente (Brazil) graduated from the Escola de Comunicação e Artes of Universidade de São Paulo (USP) with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts (awarded in 2009). Her artistic practice has always been influenced by a thorough study of the body and its presence. Since 2007 her performances became prompt participation and collaboration with the audience. She has been the co-founder and director of the independent group Núcleo Aberto de Performance Arte (NAP), an initiative that encourages the creation, study and research of Performance Art. In 2009, her group was actively responsible for collaborating with the PhD staff of the Department of Visual Arts of USP to create and develop the material dealt with by this institution’s first programs related to Performance Art: “Práticas Performativas" (I and II).
About Grace Exhibition Space for Performance Art
Grace Exhibition Space opened in 2006 and is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging performance works by the current generation of international performance artists, whether emerging, mid career or established. Being a Brooklyn loft, our events are presented on the floor, not on a stage, dissolving the boundary between artist and viewer. We believe this is how performance art is meant to be experienced.
"There is no designated stage area, blurring the line between audience and performer, and seating is sparse, as participating in the performance is encouraged. The unknown terrifies you, and yet something, maybe this very feeling, pushes you inside. Welcome to Grace Exhibition Space." Terri Ciccoe. Bushwick Daily January, 2013/
"On each night, and in each performance, the human body is redeemed from the mundane and made anew." David Lagaccia, Williamsburg Greenpoint News+Art (June, 2012)
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