Transgressive Boundaries, Challenging Consensus and Urban Angst
Celebrating 15 YEARS of Grace Exhibition Space!
Curated by Miao Jiaxin and Jill McDermid
Featuring Live Performance Art by:
MIAO JIAXIN [NYC/CHINA]
Beginning in Shanghai, where his photography works expressed the universal theme of urban angst, Miao then immigrated to New York, expanding his view of urban streets towards a more conceptual public stage. Among his performative practices across different media, Miao has blended his naked body into the bleak streets of a midnight New York City, traveled inside a suitcase hauled by his mother through urban crowds, made live-feed erotic performances on an interactive pornographic broadcasting website, and dressed as a Chinese businessman for an entire year when working towards his MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is more widely known for converting his New York studio into a jail and charging $1 per night as accommodation on Airbnb. The same studio later was converted again to be a blind dating (meeting) spot, as well as a massage therapy clinic. Miao’s works often express the ambivalent and sometimes antagonistic tension that always exists between the individual and governing or cultural authorities, questioning assumptions about power in relation to identity politics. He posits the artist’s nature as one who transgresses boundaries, challenges consensus, and stays distant from authorities.
MALCOM-X BETTS [NYC]
Malcolm-x Betts is a Bronx based curator, visual, and dance artist who believes that art is a transformative vehicle that brings people and communities together. The frame of his artistic work is around using embodiment for finding liberation, Black imagination, and directly engaging with challenges placed on the physical body. Betts recently developed and presented excerpts of Black Bodies Gone Down at La MaMa Umbria International in Spoleto, Italy. Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research at Judson Church, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), The Bronx Museum and Dixon Place. Betts has a community engagement practice allowing artistic freedom and making art accessible to everyone. Betts has also been involved with HIV Stops With Me, Edgar Allen Poe Vistor Center (Bronx) and many other projects all around New York City. Betts is also currently working with Luciana Achugar and performed in works in collaboration with Jonathan Gonzalez and Mersiha Mesihovic.
DAYEON KIM [NYC/SOUTH KOREA]
Dayeon Kim is from South Korea and obtained a BFA at Sungshin Women’s University, Seoul, and received an MFA in painting from Pratt Institute, NYC. Originally from Incheon, Kim currently lives and works in Brooklyn. Her work has an eerie disturbing quality which blurs the lines between fiction and reality, between humor and horror. Spending many years as a painter she is currently producing ceramic sculptures. All of her work provokes a new sense of awareness and questions the authenticity and the limitations of established social structures. Her work reflects a subtle sense of anxiety, which turns the world upside down and weaves a web of ideas both ironic, and disturbing, inviting people into her alternate universe.
She has exhibited several shows in NYC and Korea, presented performances at Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, New York, Gwangju International Performance Art Festival, Korea, OPEN SPACE “Survival” Festival Berlin, Gallery Stiftelsen 3,14 Bergen, Norway, L´MONO Bilbao, Spain, Platform Vaasa, Finland, Livery Gallery, Marseilles, France.
SINDY BUTZ [NYC/GERMANY]
I am a New York-based interdisciplinary visual artist, somatic movement researcher and educator, and Butoh dancer. My time-based practice spans the disciplines of durational performance art, body art, performance-based photography/ video art, multimedia and multisensory installation, contemporary ceramics, experimental movement improvisation, and olfactory projects.
Having been born in a military household in restraining and communist East Germany a decade before the Berlin wall fell, my personal history has profoundly influenced my research-based work exploring political and religious belief systems throughout history, ideologies, identity, the notion of belonging, socio-political transformation processes, collective memory and the human unconscious. I investigate the fragility and vulnerability of the human condition in juxtaposition to evolution and geologic deep time. Exploring the grand scale of time means making better sense of the history of life on earth and encourages humankind to learn about our impact on this planet, reviewing the past to shape a better future. On a smaller scale, I ponder the phenomenon of disconnect experienced by the contemporary body in society and consider the rediscovery of sensations through reflective time in performance art as a portal to amplify empathy and compassion, as well as to kindle social change.
SINDY BUTZ received her B.F.A. in sculpture from the AKI- ARTez Netherlands, a M.F.A. in Art in Context from the Institute of Art in Context, University of the Arts (UdK), Berlin Germany. In 2009, she was a fellow of the German Academic Exchange Program with a DAAD Jahresstipendium to research at the Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) at New York University on wearable art.
HONEY MCMONEY [NYC]
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SARA KOSTIĆ [NYC/SERBIA] - SWEET TEARS
Through my practice, I explore sugar in various aspects. Sweet tears explore sugar meaning in erotic and romantic aspects of our culture and distorted perception of a female body and beauty. In the teeth of sugar is still a cause for many disease, a silent sweet killer, lurking in 80% of the supermarket offer in different varieties and forms. Give me a kiss sugar, and I will cry my sweet tears.
Sara Kostić is an interdisciplinary artist who creates in the field of performance,visual arts, and architecture. She received an M.A. in Architecture Design from BelgradeUniversity. She was involved in an alternative dance scene in Belgrade (Stanica), performance art program (PerformanceHUB), and is an alumna of EmergeNYC. In her work, she incorporates various phenomenology related to the social, political, and physical body, questioning the transformative relations between borders and possibilities. She is actively involved in the international performance art scene, she performed at MoCA Belgrade (Serbia), Venice International Performance Art Week (Italy), Biennale in Mardin (Turkey), Grace Exhibition Space (New York), and others. She is holding guest lectures and workshops with a focus on site-specific performance, and how architecture or space limitation shapes the concept, RUFA (Rome, Italy), Magacin (Belgrade, Serbia), and others.
CLARIBEL JOLIE PICHARDO [NYC]
Born and raised in NYC, Claribel Jolie's artistic background is multi-faceted, drawing from visual art, performance and writing. An academically trained artist, she describes her performance work as nomadic, using personal experiences to set the stage for spontaneous interactions with her live audience. Jolie's past work include performances at Exit Art’s Trickster Theater, Grace Exhibition Space, Rosekill, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Glasshouse, Bushwick Open Studios, Spread Art, Performance Anxiety, PERFORMEANDO, and DESIRE. Jolie lives in NYC with her husband and fellow artist Oliver Fuentes.
MAIREAD DELANEY [VERMONT/REP. OF IRELAND]
Mairead Delaney is an Irish-American artist working transatlantically in performance and installation. She explores how gendered bodies respond to the unleashing of systemic violence.
Delaney studied at the postgraduate level in Ireland, working with the Irish women's collective Survivors of Symphysiotomy. Delaney has exhibited internationally, in New York, Ireland and the UK, and Ethiopia. She has presented work in the 2015 Dublin Live Art Festival and BIPAF, at the Queen's Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Labratory, for Dublin's Livestock and with the Dublin-based collective Pre-form and Beyond at the Ulster Museum in Belfast. She has also made a series of public performances entitled "Hold Harmless,' outside the National Maternity Hospital and the Four Courts in Dublin. (SAIC)
MYK HENRY [NYC] Title “What is….”
During the past 3 years of the pandemic our notion of time has become warped and blurred. COVID and it’s reeling effects has intensified world policies, provoked new levels of anxiety and fear around the world, has been the catalyst to uprisings demanding racial justice and brought about the widespread questioning of institutions and their structures.
Since the start of the pandemic social media sites and news channels have bombarded our screens with images of police brutality, racial injustice, social unrest, rioting, financial markets collapsing, millions of people dying from COVID and most recently the invasion of Ukraine along with skyrocketing fuel prices and soaring inflation. Meanwhile not enough focus is being given to the changing weather patterns around the world which are becoming more powerful due to climate change.
This performance is a narrative which highlights this dizzying series of global events that has affected every person in the past 3 years. As political leaders scramble to introduce new policies the need to control people becomes more evident. Through using the voice of a your girl asking her father innocent questions about the world she is living in, this represents the complexities of life which the next generation will have to deal with.
Myk Henry was born in Dublin, Ireland and moved to New York in 1984. From 1989-1992 he became a key figure in the organization of several large scale warehouse art events along the Brooklyn waterfront. In 1994 he moved to Geneva, Switzerland where he graduated in 2001 with both a BFA and MFA at Ecole Superieure des Arts Visuels. Henry works with new media installation, sound sculpture, video and performance. As a performer he exploits the audience’s sense of awareness and engages them in a transformative process. Investigating the thin divide between private and public space, his work is provocative, edgy and slams the viewer into the centre of political issues, social conditioning and human taboos. Culture Ireland regularly provides Henry with funding, which enables him to build sculptures and make performances at many well known venues and festivals around the world. He has shown work at ARCO in Madrid, UNHCR in Geneva, the Museum of Art and History in Geneva, the Ludwig Museum in Budapest, the World Expo in Shanghai, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Vaasa (Finland), Fountain, Miami Basel and the Armory Show in New York. He won "La Bourse Federal", (Young Art Basel, Switzerland), Le prix Contonal Geneva (Switzerland) and was the first foreigner to win Le Prix Providencia, (Swizerland). EDUCATIION Geneva 2000-2002 Ecole Suprieur des Beaux-Arts de Geneve MFA degree Geneva 1995-2000 Ecole Suprieur des Beaux-Arts de Geneve BA degree Dublin 1971-1983 Belvedere College Leaving certificate
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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.
Grace Exhibition Space for International Performance Art Space IRS tax-exempt 501(c)3 status in 2015.
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