Live on Grace Exhibition Space website! 8-10:30 pm
Shawn Shafner, Molly Rabuffo with Figurine, Thomas Albrecht
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8-9 pm Shawn Shafner : The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Promoting critical conversations on sustainable sanitation for person, planet and world community.
9-9:30 Music by Molly Rabuffo and Figurine, amazing harmonies and beautiful music
9:30-9:45 Opening Ritual: sound bath by Molly Rabuffo. Lie down and listen
9:45-11:30 International Performance Art: Thomas Albrecht [Kingston,NY] Qing Cai [Singapore] Gim Gwang Cheol [Gwangju, S Korea] with Park Kyeong Hwa [Gwangju, S Korea]
SHAWN SHAFNER THE PEOPLE'S OWN ORGANIC POWER (POOP)
The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Promoting critical conversations on sustainable sanitation for person, planet and world community.
The People’s Own Organic Power (POOP) Project uses art, theater, and education to promote critical conversations about sustainable sanitation for the person, planet, and world community.
Founded by Shawn Shafner ("The Puru") in 2010, The POOP Project is dedicated to creating work that:
heals the cultural shame making “potty talk” tabootransforms waste-making consumers into resource-conscious creators reconnects audiences to their bodies, communities, and the environment that we all share
WHY TALK ABOUT POOP?
For our bodies. Rather than accepting a culture that makes us feel guilty for doing something everybody does, we could create a world that is hospitable to the reality of having a body and all of its needs.
For our environment. Our culture encourages us to measure our worth solely by what we consume. Meanwhile, the “waste” we’re flushing into our drinking water could be fertilizing fields and fueling our cities.
For our global community. 40% of the world’s population – 2.5 billion people – still live without access to safe toilets. The resulting diarrhea alone kills more children each year than HIV/AIDS, malaria, and measles combined. But this silent crisis presents great opportunities to implement solutions that promote health and prosperity worldwide.
MOLLY RABUFFO [MASSACHUSETTES] with FIGURINE [CONNECTICUT]
"Music and singing have been my refuge." - Frank Ticheli, Earth Song
It is Molly's mission to actively support and contribute to art, music, and world peace. She values creativity, collaboration, and community, and wholeheartedly believes in using music and sound as a catalyst forself-expression, social commentary, and transformation. She holds Bachelor of Music degrees from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford in Vocal Performance and Music Management, and currently works in Corporate Sponsorship with the New York Philharmonic.
FIGURINE / ASHLY LAROSA
Ashly LaRosa is Hartford, CT based musician, with music on Spotify under the name Figurine
9:30 MOLLY RABUFFO : SOUND BOWLS OPENING RITUAL
THOMAS ALBRECHT [KINGSTON, NY]
Thomas Albrecht's performance art projects explore ritual and language in public spaces, galleries, and museums, prodding cultural beliefs and individual doubts. He has performed and exhibited work throughout the United States and internationally.
He has lectured on topics ranging from teaching pedagogy, ritual and performance, and contemporary visual practices. He served as the Menil Scholar at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, was selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and was the 2017-18 Georgette and Richard Koopman Distinguished Chair in the Visual Arts at the Hartford Art School.
He received his BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Master of Arts in Religion from Yale University, and his MFA from the University of Washington. He serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Fine and Performing Arts, and an Associate Professor in the Art Department, at the State University of New York at New Paltz.
GIM GWANG CHEOL & PARK KYEONG HWA [GWANGJU, SOUTH KOREA]
Artist's statement The artist's perspective on society is existential. He went through 518 Gwangju pro-democracy movement (many people died by their own soldiers) and 1980 military coup. So his school days were under the military dictatorship. Naturally he had been thinking about personal freedom and democracy. After then, he started to read about Taoism, Buddhism, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and history. His first priority was philosophy but he entered art department and began painting and performance.
His sight is multiple and dialectical. And he recognizes each value in life itself. He take himself as an balanced principal agent moving around the society. Therefore his role is to creat humanistic discourses by broaden artistic expressions. Performance art is good way to do so. Because there are various way to do it - exhibition, presentation, festival, planning, achive, writing - and make things more plexible in this 'solid' physical world by stopping solidifying thinking. He is keep asking about humanity, human of artistic flexibility, naturality and civilization. His art method of communication is fun and creating space of think
박경화 Park Kyeong Hwa (South Korea)
-Majored French Literliture in ChoSun University, Korea
-Published 2 novels, one of them is "Dim Sum" on the themes of performance art. (2011)
2015 Attended 'the great american performance art festival' in New York, U.S.A (the performance title is 'fish bowl')
2015 Attended 'Extra' the international performance art festival in Mexico city, Mexcico. (the performance title is 'fish bowl')
2014 Europe 6 countries (Finland, Estonia, France, Netherland, Norway, England) Performance Art tour
2014 Attended Gwangju Biennale special international performance art event
2014 Performed at Jeonju-city, Aha- Hall
as a guest artist 'Gim Gwang Cheol's Performance Solo Exhibition (Korea)
2014 Special Performance Art Event "Free Expression with Riccardo Matlakas" Gwangju, Korea
2013 Performed Iksan-city street of culture, Korea
2013 Attended Poland (Sczecin, Gdansk) Germany (Berlin) Performance Art festival
2013 Attended BIPAF (Brooklyn International Performance Art festival), New York, U.S.A
2013 Gim Gwang Cheol 4th Performance Art Exhibition as a Guest Artist, Gwangju Korea
2012 Performance Art Academy Announcement- Organized by Gim Gwang Cheol
2011 Published 3 novels, one of them "Dim Sum" is on the theme of performance art
QING CAI [SINGAPORE/CHINA]
Cai Qing (Qing Sonnenberg) has been living and working as an independent artist in Europe and New York since 1989.
In September 2007 he relocated to Singapore. As a contemporary artist, he uses performance, installation, video and pictures to express his ideas. The concept in most of his art is the “observer” and “observed”, focusing on people of various backgrounds in different societies. He enjoys the interaction with different people and his works find inspiration in many of their life stories.
Cai Qing has also curated several important art shows. In 1998 he has co-curated China’s first contemporary art exhibition in a private space, “Trace of Existence”, and recently, in 2008, he curated “Construction before Destruction”, the last performance show in Sifo Art Village, Henan province, before its modernization by local officials.
Cai Qing is a famed performance artist, curator, and professor, one of the pioneers for promoting performance art in China since the 90s. Currently lives and works in China and Singapore. Website: http://blog.artintern.net/blogs/index/Sonnenberg
Selected Curated Exhibitions 1998: Trace of Existence – Contemporary art group show, Beijing, China; 2014-2015: Art Now Live Tour / Beijing – Anyang-Tianjin- Shen Zhen; “Writing in the world”, Berlin, Venice, Sofia; 2016:Parabiosis International Contemporary Art Exhibition 2016, at Chongqin Changjiang Contemporary Art Musuem. Selected Solo Exhibitions 2012 :Red stars lighting in Europe, Poland,Germany,Croatia. 2013:“Shen Zhen is really deep”. Shen Zhen OCT D studio. 2015: “Writing in the world”, Berlin, Venice, Sofia; Rising half Yellow Sun, Venice Biennale independent, Venice. 2016: "King of the Campus", Tianjin Sixang art Museum, Tianjin.
Published: , 2012, 9, World book publishing company, Beijing.,2013,8, World book publishing company , Beijing Education
National Academy of Fine Arts PhD, Hangzhou, China, 2011
Stuttgart-Kunst Akademie Germany, 1995
Zhejiang Academy of Fine Arts B.A., China, 1984 Activities & Affiliations
• Full Professor in Tian Jing Academy of Fine Art, China,from 2015 • Visit professor in Shichuan academy of fine arts, 2013 • Visit professor in China academy of fine arts in Hang Zhou, 2012 • Visit professor in Central academy of fine arts in Beijing,2012 •Assistant Professor in NTU, School of Art, Design and Media,2007-2011 • Art director of 798 Avant Gallery, New York, USA, 2005-2007
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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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