QUEER NEW YORK INTERNATIONAL ARTS FESTIVAL
+ GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE co-curate to present:
ADAM ZARETSKY [NYC] SINISA LABROVIC [CROATIA]
GERMAUL BARNES [NYC] POPPY JACKSON [UK]
ABEL AZCONA [SPAIN
The Queer New York International Arts Festival returns for a third year with a diverse slate of performances by artists from around the world. Broadening the traditional concept of “queer” (in) art, QNYI challenges perceptions about what queer is — and can be. During the Festival’s intensely paced twelve days, New York audiences will have the opportunity to experience a range of performances that challenge heteronorms and the status quo on various levels, by artists who are probing contents and contexts of different performing art formats and redefining the margins of their expressive forms.
ADAM ZARETSKY [NYC]
Adam Zaretsky, Ph.D. is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). He practices DIY-IGM (Do-It-Yourself Inhereted Genetic Modification of the Human Genome). His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans.
Links:www.archive.org/details/pFarm & www.artscienceethics.tumblr.com/MutateOrDie
Book: Trust Me, I'm an Artist
Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration - Anna Dumitriu
The book features projects by Adam Zaretsky, Neal White, Anna Dumitriu and Art Orienté objet.
www.store.blurb.co.uk/ebooks/484484-trust-me-i-m-an-artist & www.itunes.apple.com/gb/book/id910464332Adam Zaretsky:
GERMAUL BARNES [NYC] Title: Ready?$!*
Choreographer: Germaul Barnes
Dancers: James Vessell & Wooden Chair
Music: De-Lovely:Various Artists, Cole Porter, Gospel Spir
Germaul Barnes, is a choreographer-dancer raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently living in Brooklyn, New York and is the founder and artistic director of Viewsic Expressions, a dance organization dedicated to the development of local and international contemporary dancers. In 2003, Barnes received a Bessie Award for his work with Bill T. Jones. Germaul has received critical acclaim for his work across the globe, including his choreography and performance in the 60x60 project's 60x60 Dance at the World Financial Center Winter Garden Atrium.
"When we strip away the layers of ego that have built up over time, we can feel wholes, happiness, and share love unconditionally. This solo takes a witty look at how one must get READY for LOVE."
"He managed to make a readable synthesis through an excellent job of lights, music, costume, exposure of the body and its texture, and above all by the same dance."
Grzegorz Józefczuk - Gazeta Wyborca - Lublin, Poland
POPPY JACKSON [UK]
Poppy Jackson is a painter, performance artist, facilitator and writer based in London, UK. She received a BA (Hons) in Visual Performance from Dartington College of Arts, and earned her MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University. She makes action-based works exploring the female body in as an autonomous zone. Her work mixes a grungeaesthetic with the iconography of Catholicism, through a methodology of violence as creative and transformational catalyst.
Poppy's work has been supported by Arts Council England and presented internationally, including at The Barbican and Whitechapel Galleries (London), Arnolfini (Bristol), Black Box (Belfast), Project Arts Centre (Dublin), Kunselforum (Cologne), Fluxus Ministeria (Kaunas), FEM Festival (Girona), Museum of New Art (Detroit) and Grace Exhibition Space (New York). She was recently guest editor of BLUD ZER0 Collective's first E-Zine and her written work will be published in the 'Action Art Now' anthology later this year.
Poppy acts as a mentor to graduates from Norwich University of the Arts and has been invited to teach, present talks and give workshops at arts spaces and universities. She regularly curates events and facilitates professional development projects for emerging artists. She is Project Director of Liminal Bodies, the international network of nomadic artists; she also runs Site Space, a monthly site responsive event. Poppy lives and works in London where she is an AssociateArtist of ]performance s p a c e [.Poppy Jackson:
SINISA LABROVIC [CROATIA]
Siniša Labrović was born in Sinj, Croatia in 1965 and is a professor of Croatian language and literature. His first solo exhibition was held in Otok Gallery in Dubrovnik in the year 2000. His works are in the permanent collections of Art Gallery, Split and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Zagreb. Most recently, he exhibited at the XI Istanbul biennial. He's on the way to becoming a professional artist.Siniša Labrović
ABEL AZCONA [SPAIN]
Abel Azcona is an spanish interdisciplinary artist specially bonded to performance art, his work, though, explores and focuses great attention to the aesthetic results and is therefore related with mediums such as photography, videoart, installation and sculpture. His art work has been presented in various museums, contemporary art centers, galleries and artistic spaces from countries all over the world like Spain, Portugal, France, Italy, Denmark, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Poland, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, United States of America, China, Philippines and Japan.
His work is usually defined under two axises explored between one another through a constant synergy: autobiographical and critical. This makes his work highly heterogenous, and renders it as a personal portrait. This thoughts find in art a tool for criticism, but also a tool for self knowledge that questions reflections about society in which they are involved. Azcona invites the public to share their experience dragging them to his inner world.Abel Azcona:
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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. 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.
Grace Exhibition Space presents over 30 curated live performance art exhibitions each year, showcasing new work by more than 400 performance artists from across the United States and the world since 2006.
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