ACTIVATING THE SUFFRAGETTE!
an evening of Performance Art by NY Women
Activating the Suffragettes!
A night of live performance art by a local new generation of Performance Artists featuring Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow, Push-Pops, Catie Rutledge, Huisi He, Hilary Sand, Kim Fatale, Bailey Nolan + Viva Soudan, Mairead Delaney and Olivia Cream
Performance: Crop Killa
Born 1975 in Manchester, Jamaica, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow is an interdisciplinary artist with a BFA from New World School of the Arts, University of Florida, and an MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in numerous group exhibitions and she frequently participates in performance art festivals held in the United States and Asia. Some prominent exhibitions featuring her work are ‘’Renegades’’, Exit Art in New York, N.Y., ‘’10th Open Performance Art Festival’’ 798 Zone, Open Contemporary Art Center, Beijing, China, “ARS CONTINUUM:Amelie A. Wallace Gallery 1978 to the Present”, SUNY Old Westbury, N.Y., and a solo exhibition at The Boston Children’s Museum, Boston, M.A. Lyn-Kee-Chow is a Rema Hort Mann nominee and a 2012 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow in Interdisciplinary Art. Her work has been reviewed and featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Washington Diplomat, Daily Serving, Hyperallergic, Artinfo, The New York Art World, and Newsday. Lyn-Kee-Chow often explores performance and installation art, which draws from the nostalgia of her homeland, the commodified imagery of Caribbean primitivism, folklore, fantasy, consumerism, spirituality and nature’s ephemerality. She lives and works in Queens, NY.
GO PUSH POPS
The Push Pops are a queer, transnational, radical feminist collective under the direction of Elisa Garcia de la Huerta (b. 1983 Santiago, Chile) and Katie Cercone (b. 1984 Santa Rosa, CA). The Push Pops formed in 2010 at the School of Visual Art where both Cercone and Garcia obtained their MFA in 2011. The Push Pops have shown their interactive multi-media sculptures and performances in free public art festivals and Fine Art galleries throughout the greater metropolitan area including at The Brooklyn Museum, Whitney Museum, Bronx Museum, Maryland Institute College of Art, C24 Gallery, Momenta Art, Apexart, White Box and Local Project. Their work has been featured in ART 21, Paper Magazine, ArtFagCity, Posture Magazine, Slutist, QUARTZ, The Brooklyn Paper, Revolt Magazine, BOMBLog, ARTNet TV, N.Paradoxa, Bronx Net TV and Catchfire Berlin. The Push Pops were a 2013 Nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Visual Arts Award and received a Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Fund Grant that same year for their Warrior Goddess Workshop. Go! Push Pops was awarded the Culture Push Fellowship for Utopian Practice in 2014 and in 2015, participated in the Alexandra Arts Pankhurst in the Park Artist-in-Residence in Manchester, England and the U.S. Japan Creative Exchange in Tokyo, Japan.
Catie Rutledge works primarily in drawing and performance and enjoys making private moments public as part of an ongoing reclamation of vulnerability as a radical tactic. her works seek to intervene in the ways that the culture at large views women. past actions have included marking the exterior wall of a fraternity building with her lips in a response to the sexual assaults at her university and shaving in front of the palazzo vecchio in florence, italy. she is currently working on the second issue of “LIVE THROUGH THIS,” a zine focused on lived experiences of mental illness.
Huisi He is a New York-based and Chinese-born artist. Now she is very active in Brooklyn performance art scenes, and she is very inspired by the rawness, freshness and authenticity of performance art in Brooklyn. In 2007, her cultural rebellions made her leave her country to the United States. She always believes that art chose her when she tried to find freedom of expression. In the past years of art practice, making art has been a healing process for her to let go the negativity of her past experience in China. In 2015, she moved to New York City. Her recent performance art responds to the new scenario to illustrate her struggles in balancing dreams and reality. She received her M.F.A. in Studio Art from the Florida State University in 2015.
Artist statement My works reveal what I have been through in my life. From my past living experience in China to the experience of survival as an artist in New York City, my artworks represent my life moments. Sometimes sensations, similar and different, are intertwined; they make the past the present. Therefore, my work responds to both my past and present in contemporary art languages. I adopt a variety of art media, such as performance, oil painting, drawing, contemporary dance, video and film, to tell my stories.
Hilary Sand makes performative and static objects. She is interested in nostalgic traditions and identity, and the intersections that occur as technology and society evolve. Her work focuses on developing intimate knowledge of the nature and application of materials, and seeks to understand the values and implications of these materials within social consciousness and individual memory.
Performance: I will be making a dress out of strips of paper with secrets written on them (perhaps for participants to write their own on), allowing audience members to pull off individual pieces, burn them, spit into the container to make a paste and rub the paste on my body.
Bailey Nolan and Viva Soudan
BUOY: A FLOATING OBJECT OF DEFINED SHAPE AND COLOR WHICH IS ANCHORED AT A GIVEN POSITION AND SERVES AS AN AID TO NAVIGATION
Living as womyn, constantly costumed, we are interested in indulging in the extremes of expectations. On our path to freedom, creating waves of controversy, we, Bailey Nolan and Viva Soudan, are twinning to extract the individual from uniformity. We deliver a live experience of an idealistic reality through the lens of pop culture using a choreographic landscape of dance, text, sound, and aesthetics. Our work explores an over-saturation of emotions and circumnavigates the superficiality of validation. Buoy demands your full presence. Birthing joy in her wake, the radical confronting of our audience activates the exchange between viewer and performer exploding in communal climax, an orgy you’ll never forget.
About Mairead Delaney's last performance in April at Panoply Performance Lab:
Máiréad Delaney and Rae Goodwin joined Performancy Forum with a new performance in two parts. This three hour cyclical and durational work engaged with notions of women’s labor, grace, empathy and endurance.
Part One- Marking Time (July 2015) - is a response to external signals women submit to in their struggle for, against and with themselves and one another in the futility of unending labor.
Part Two- Crawl into our Softness (April 2016)- is a response to and acceptance/reckoning with Other retreating into woman for comfort. They stand on upturned furniture, crawl inside soft bells, stop and start their labor to the sound of a bell. They wrestle with the constructs/constrictions of their bodies as Woman.
"Olivia Cream is a performer whose creative process is laid out for you to see this very night. she is currently deciding what she likes by trying as many media and forms of entertainment as she can. who knows what her work is about, maybe you can tell her? but she is drawn to themes of serendipity, nurturing, empathy, and softness in a culture that praises emotional detachment and demands control of the personal and global environment. she also examines the failures of Allies in social justice culture. she is confident she can snag your attention, but the question is, can she hold it?
please deliver harsh or kind words to her face."
Essential Departures: www.rosekill.com/#!essential-departures/w6x1w
Kim Fatale is a Brooklyn-based performance artist and trained Dominatrix focusing on the exploration of identity. Human identity is a construct, determined and built by every person with whom we come into contact in our lives. Our friends who likes noise music. The first atheist we met in high school art class. The polyamorous person we met on OKcupid. These people assist in building our personalities and making us who we are today. We are all intertwined, connected by the chance encounters, the years of friendships, the influential conversations that build us up to be the people we are today, tomorrow, and in the future.
Kim Fatale: www.kimfatale.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.
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)