GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE, BROOKLYN
21st Suffragettes: International Performance Art by Women
LEGACY FATALE [France and USA]
THE MARCH OF THE WOMEN
Drawing from the symbolic unison of the Suffragettes Women's march for freedom, Legacy Fatale will premier its "March of the Women" at the GES Suffragettes Festival 2016. In response to the recent resurgence of anti-feminist backlashes around the world, most notoriously the neo-masculine movement of rape culture, Legacy Fatale invites both women and men to join in their protest-like march garnering banners from Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick to Grace Exhibition space. The final performance at GES will feature a fully choreographed piece in 5 acts mobilizing the collective from bystander to activist integrating feminism’s ferocious heritage.
This counter protest is tied to the political context of leadership in America. Exploring the question: Do we still need to keep marching?
Legacy Fatale directors, co-leaders: Coco Dolle + Shawn Bishop
Performers: Aline Decat, Ambreen Sati, Anki King, Ashlie Lauren, Aurelie Bacquet, Christi Johnson, Christina Caceres, Danniel Swatosh, Eva Mariscal, Melanie Austin, Nassima Khelifa, Rebecca Tylor, Rebecca Wood, Ron Ortenberg, Shauna Cummins, Shiva Laurent, Shobita Wan, Sonia Cherni, Tanya Minhas
>> 5PM PARADE:
We invite all members of the community to sport their sashes, bear their banners, and shout their slogans for the cause that most galvanizes them along with the Amazon Warrior Women of Legacy Fatale in the parade from Maria Hernandez Park to GES. “The March of the Women”, a reference to the original suffragist anthem composed in 1910 with words by Cicely Hamilton, is both a commemoration of those courageous women and a revivification of their patriotic spirit.
>> 6.30PM PERFORMANCE: THE LASSO OF TRUTH
The final performance after the march, The Lasso of Truth, is a contemporary choreography utilizing the vocabulary of protest, democracy, and feminism. It will feature a fully choreographed piece in 5 acts, representing an awakening from oppression to liberation. Costumes designed by Legacy Fatale with the collective's trademark zebra pattern and special jewelry maker David Mandel’s headpieces (Victoria’s Secret). The sound is an original score by experimental composer Pierrot Carrilero.
>> 8PM ACTIVATING THE SUFFRAGETTE will follow performances by LEGACY FATALE featuring Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Push-Pops, Catie Rutledge, Huisi He, Hilary Sand, Bailey Nolan + Viva Soudan, Mairead Delaney and Olivia Coffey
LEGACY FATALE BIO
LEGACY FATALE is an interdisciplinary performance art collective founded in 2008 and co-led by New York artists Coco Dolle/Shawn Bishop. Based on recent archeological discoveries of the ancient nomadic Amazons Warrior Women, its concept represents a hybrid breed of historic and pop cultural icons, a cross-pollination of mythical and contemporary female archetypes. LEGACY FATALE evolves in cycles of choreographies, guerrilla actions and site-specific installations, channeling ancient power of feminine leadership into a creative model of consciousness raising communities. LEGACY FATALE has performed extensively in galleries, alternative venues and art fairs such as Miami Art Basel Select Fair (2014), Armory Show (2009-2015), Deitch Projects (2008), Fountain Fair (2008-2009), Gallery Sensei (2014) and Radical Manchester Wonder Women Festival (2016). Legacy Fatale received an international grant by Arts Council England and Alexandra Arts (2016) and was a special project in residence at the Select Fair Miami (2014).www.legacyfatale.com
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] and concluding with the internationally renowned Performance Art duo, VestAndPage [Germany/Italy].
May 27-30 Memorial Day Weekend the 21st Suffragettes celebrate at Rosekill in Rosendale, NY.
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
(UPCOMING) 21ST SUFFRAGETTES 2016 SCHEDULE
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 STEPHENS, 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)