MoCADA hosts ‘Even the palms, dem bow’

By ARC Magazine Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 Categories: Exhibitions, Updates

The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA), New York will host a performance presented as a part of the exhibition ‘Field Notes: Extracts’ on Sunday, September 20, 2015 starting at 3:00 pm. Joiri Minaya and Ian Deleón explore moments of queer performativity, disidentification and decolonization within Latin American / Caribbean popular heteronormativity. Drawing from the transnational influences of dancehall, dembow and reggaeton, as well as the eroticized propaganda of the regional palm tree, the artists will attempt to wine with these cultural signifiers and tease out their liberatory potentialities.”

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Minaya describes the performance as the following:

As for what’s actually going on in the performance, we’ll basically be interacting with the inflatable palm trees, I’ll be blowing / filling them one by one, they’re six and take about 7 mins each, while Ian will be engaging with them actively with his body. I’ll enact some gestures of refusal / disengagement / resistance , including but not limited to de-flate them or pop them eventually. We’ll be playing songs / audio so we’ll need speakers. Additionally, we’re now also thinking of speaking and making sounds so we were wondering if a live microphone would be possible to have in there as well.

Even the palms, dem bow will be the final performance presented as a part of Field Notes: Extracts, which closes to the public on September 27, 2015.

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