Grace Exhibition Space presents a night of performance taking on questions of history, reality and truth in the soul and spirit.
Jaguar Mary, Raha Behnam, Fracesco Kiais, Kara Lynch, Ken Butler
Friday, April 6
Doors 9:00 Performances 9:30
By Donation suggested $5 – 20
FRANCESCO KIAIS [GREECE]
In his work Kiais moves in the territory that unites and separates people, cultures, traditions, be it a physical or mental border, an ideological contrast or a prejudice. His language gathers the heritage of a visual culture traditionally compromised by the relationship with power, freeing it in a shared creative
process. Its use of tradition is opposed to the process of cultural annihilation imposed on local identities by the process of globalization that is currently taking place
JAGUAR MARY [BROOKLYN, NYC]
My interests, and the directives that have driven my own art
practice, involve black feminist discourse, questions of history,
reality and truth as they relate to science and the unknown,
and the purpose of the soul/spirit in art.
KEN BUTLER [BROOKLYN, NYC]
The artist-musician performs mesmerizing world textures and driving melodic grooves with passion and purpose on an amazing arsenal of amplified hybrid string instruments made from household objects and tools. Duchampian Dada meets Hybrid Hindu Hendrix as function and form collide in an environment of hyperactive hardware
KARA LYNCH [BRONX, NYC]
“You ok? or How will we be free? a meditation on freedom cities and border crossings”
Ambivalent towards hyper-visual culture, she is curious about duration, embodiment, and aural experience ; and through low-fi, collective practice and social intervention lynch explores aesthetic/political relationships between time + space. Her work is vigilantly raced, classed, and gendered – Black, queer and feminist.
Major projects include: ‘Black Russians’ – a feature documentary video, ‘The Outing’ – a video travelogue, ‘Mouhawala Oula’ – a gender-bending trio performance for oriental dance, live video, and saxophone, and the current project ‘INVISIBLE’, an episodic, speculative, multi-site video/audio installation – excavates the terror and resilient beauty of Black experience.
RAHA BEHNAM [NYC]
“Void: Honest Rituals for Lost Souls”
Working within the absence of knowledge of things that ought to be known – ancestry, cultural lineage, indigenous history – I sit in emptiness, listen for the ancestors, accept disconnection, speak to saffron, unearth lineage, mix and re-mix, stew in the body, feel the hollowness, move to unfamiliar rhythms, search for belonging, and make room to remember the forgotten.
Raha is an Iranian-born, Canadian-raised, US-based artist, and first-generation immigrant. She has studied and performed in the San Francisco Bay Area with Abby Crain, Kathleen Hermesdorf and Sara Shelton Mann, and in the DC area with Pearson/Widrig Dance Company, and DEVIATED THEATRE. She is currently concerned with systems and practices for collective healing, and engaged in liberation work through community-based counseling. She holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning and Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Anthropology.
ABOUT GRACE EXHIBITION SPACE for INTERNATIONAL PERFORMANCE ART
Grace, n. – simple elegance or refinement of movement
Grace Period – an extended period granted as a special favor
Three Graces (Greek Mythology) – charm, grace, and beauty
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. Being a Brooklyn loft, 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.