Representational Acts is presented as part of the Pacific Standard Time Festival: Live Art LA/LA, organized by REDCAT and supported by a major grant from the Getty Foundation. It is linked thematically to a section in MOLAA’s PST: LA/LA exhibition, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago.
Representational Acts features performance pieces by:
Carlos Martiel (Cuba)
Carlos Martiel (Cuba, b. 1989) is a New York-based artist who puts his body in extreme situations as a means of calling attention to social injustices and marginalized peoples. América is a performance where he has 116 stars from the flags of all the countries in the Western hemisphere fixed to his body. The artist stands in a dark room and a light is activated by a motion sensor when the spectator walks in. The visual effect is of a constellation on the artist’s body, a conceptual map in which no state is superior to another, but instead come together within a unified field.
Andil Gosine (Trinidad)
Andil Gosine’ s (Trinidad, b. 1973) work draws from his background as a queer Indo-Trinidadian man. In Our Holy Waters and Mine, he calls attention to the experience of South Asian migration to the Caribbean by referencing indentured servitude and Kala Pani (“black waters”), the Hindu taboo against crossing the sea, in relation to his own history. The artist transfers water from a bucket to glass jars engraved with names of bodies of water that reference the ancestral journey from India to Trinidad as well as his own travels. Simultaneously, chanting, “Our Holy Waters are not the Ganges,” he draws attention to the unique identity of the Indian diaspora.
Jimmy Robert (Guadeloupe)
Jimmy Robert explores the performative dimension of inanimate objects, using space as a framing device. His performances call on viewers to interrogate their surroundings and to cast a critical eye on representation as a mediated process. In Abolibibelo the artist appears in a costume made entirely of white rolls of paper resembling carnival attire. In contrast to the syncopated rhythms associated with Caribbean music and dance, however, the artist moves through deliberate movements against a droning audio track, fusing avant-garde performance with traditional festival arts. In so doing, he blurs the boundaries between the “modern” and the so-called “primitive” in wholly unexpected ways.
Each artist represents a different linguistic region of the Caribbean. Their works show how representation is an active process rather than a passive translation of the visible world. A reception with the artists will follow the performances. Doors open at 5:30PM and performances begin at 6:00PM Space is limited and reservations are recommended.
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1. Andil Gosine, Our Holy Waters and Mine, 2014. Performance at the queens Museum, New York. Courtesy of the artist.
2. Jimmy Robert, Abolibibelo, 2015. Performance at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zürich, Switzerland. Photo: Nicolas Duc
3. Carlos Martiel, Expulsion, 2015. 4th Thessaloniki Performance Festival, 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki, Greece. Photo: Dimitris Mermigas