GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE, BROOKLYN
21st Suffragettes: International Performance Art by Women
ARAHMAIANI [Indonesia] + AYANA EVANS [NYC]
Arahmaiani Feisal questions the contradictions and paradoxes of her country through participative projects developed together with social and religious communities. Her performances amount to protests against social injustice, violence, political corruption, and the woman’s position in Muslim society. Arahmaiani, who openly expresses her Muslim faith, advocates as an artist an Islam that is open and tolerant, fighting to eradicate the violent and military-like interpretations of it in the Western world caused by radical Islamic groups.www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arahmaiani
AYANA EVANS [NYC]
Ayana Evans is a NYC based artist. She frequently visits her hometown of Chicago whose Midwestern and sometimes controversial reputation is a major influence on her art. Evans received her MFA in painting from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown University. She has attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2015 she received the Jerome Foundation's Theater and Travel & Study Grant for artistic research abroad and was invited to participate in the 2016 residency Office Hours at El Museo Del Barrio in NYC. Evans’s recent performances include: "Operation Catsuit" and "I Just Came Here to Find a Husband," which are two on-going public interventions, "Thoughts on Rape; A Response to After Midnight by SHPC" Queens Museum, NYC, “Frying Chicken,” a video collaboration with David Ian Griess, and “Gurl, I'll Drink Your Bathwater," Gallery Sensei. Additionally, Evans is a co-founder of Social Health Performance Club(SHPC) and an artist contributor for www.gallerinadiaries.comAyana Evans:
ABOUT 21ST SUFFRAGETTES: International Performance Art by Women
Grace Exhibition Space celebrates the 15th anniversary of 21st Suffragettes, a seminal Brooklyn-based performance art event originally held in 2001. Jill McDermid (Director and Co-Founder of GES) curated and directed 21st Suffragettes, a 72-hour event of works made only by women in the galleries and bars of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, featuring performances at Galapagos Art Space, exhibitions at numerous galleries, DJ’s at a Williamsburg bar and DJ’s and bands at all-nite Rubulad. Participating galleries included: Sideshow, Front Room Gallery, Figureworks, Fish Tank, Roebling Hall, South First, The Williamsburg Art & Historical Center and more.
This Spring, Grace Exhibition Space will once again put a spotlight on works made by women for 21st Suffragettes: Performance Art by Women. Our Spring 2016 programming hosts women from around the globe, starting with the radical work of Rocio Boliver (aka La Congelada de Uva) [Mexico], feminist porn artist Madison Young [USA], street & gallery artist Annabelle Guérédrat [Martinique], Brooklyn Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art participant, Arahmaiani [Indonesia] internationally renowned Performance Art duo, VestAndPage [Germany/Italy]
The series concludes with performances at Rosekill in Rosendale NY on Memorial Day weekend May 27-30, 2016.
We are a new era of strength in women and men and a new century of change! -Jill McDermid, Director/Co-Founder, Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn
21ST SUFFRAGETTES 2016 SCHEDULE
MARCH 4 - ROCIO BOLIVER [MEXICO] + SHEREE ROSE [USA]
MARCH 18 - ANNABEL GUEREDRAT [MARTINIQUE]
APRIL 15 - MADISON YOUNG [USA]
APRIL 29 - ARAHMAIANI [INDONESIA] + YANA EVANS [USA]
MAY 7 - LEGACY FATALE Suffragettes March with Performance [USA] + more!
MAY 13 - VESTANDPAGE [GERMANY/ITALY]
MAY 27-30 Memorial Day Weekend @ Rosekill featuring ANNIE SPRINKLE, ELIZABETH STEVENS, MARTHA WILSON, LINDA MARY MONTANO, LEGACY FATALE, CHRISTEN CLIFFORD and many more.
Memorializing and Continuing the Suffragettes Movement
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE
Opened in 2006, Grace Exhibition Space is devoted exclusively to Performance Art. We offer an opportunity to experience visceral and challenging 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. This is how performance art is meant to be experienced and our mission is the glorification of performance art.
"I have found Grace Space to be a breath of fresh air, and a new way to see and experience feelings you may have not faced in a long time. It’s a place to let yourself be exposed, amused, delighted, and terrified all at the same time, and I can say I haven’t experienced this combination of emotions at any gallery or theater I have ever stepped into, and that’s a wonderful thing. The space provides a refreshing perspective on an art scene that has been somewhat shackled and restrained for quite a bit of time now. Grace Exhibition Space is a brave pioneer as it puts Bushwick, as well as New York City, on the forefront of exploration and exposure into the minds and bodies of artists who are truly gifted, fearless, and unique." -Terri Ciccone. 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)