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Crop Killa /// Raha Behnam /// Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill

Friday, November 3rd 2017

In-forming and in-formed by knowledges, practices and wisdoms from politics, law, anthropology, and their own global cultural positions, backgrounds, and experiences, three artists situate live works for and with a present public. Through radical joy, interpersonal meaning-making, and social exhuberance, these artists materialize a space-time to savor, share, and revel in existence. 

"CROP KILLA" by JODIE LYN-KEE-CHOW)
"PROMOTION" by NANA AMA BENTSI-ENCHILL)
RAHA BEHNAM

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ABOUT JODIE'S WORK 'CROP KILLA'
On Nov 6, 1983 Adrian Piper's performance "Funk lessons" debuted as a response to xenophobia. 34 years later our generation continues to encounter racial and cultural tensions. The artist, Lyn-Kee-Chow responds to our times with a new iteration of her Crop Killa performance, "Crop Killa's Soca Social". Both a dance instruction and social event the artist embodies her character, a Jamaican dance hall queen from her "Crop Killa" performance to engage others to let loose, learn a few dance moves, and enjoy life. 

ABOUT AMA'S WORK 'PROMOTION'
"My performance work explores cultural value systems: Why do we love what we love? How do we come to identify the acceptable and the taboo. My ongoing performance and installation series, "Promotion" is an investigation of oppositional (Euro colonial and Indigenous West African) value systems that come into silent conflict and the stains of dissonance left for the colonized to grapple with, (or not). The work plays with sensuality, the communal and etiquette at the "dinner table". You are invited."

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RAHA BEHNAM

Raha is an Iranian-born, Canadian-raised, US-based dance and performance artist. 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. Her work has been presented at the Performance Studies international conference in Hamburg, San Francisco's FRESH Festival, SALTA (Oakland), Figure One Gallery (Champaign, IL), The Knockdown Center (NY), Grace Exhibition Space (NY), and the Wild Project (NY). She holds a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and Bachelor’s degrees in Dance and Anthropology from the University of Maryland. Her interests lie at the intersections of dance, embodiment, community development and urban politics. http://rahabehnam.com/

NANA AMA BENTSI-ENCHILL 

Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill is an artist, educator and arts advocate who holds over 15 years of experience in the non-profit, arts and youth development. With a dual B.A. International Affairs and Government/Law from Lafayette College, Ama has managed to bridge her love for youth empowerment, contemporary African art and global affairs professionally and in her art practice. Professionally, she has served youth as an arts educator and coordinator of youth programs here and abroad. Creatively, Ama uses mixed media, performance, and textile to express a point of view informed by her Ghanaian heritage. Ama has recently performed at the Chale Wote Festival in Ghana (with Ayana Evans, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Megan Livingston) and as part of performance art shows at Rockaway Brewing Company and Le Petit Versaille in NYC.

JODIE LYN-KEE-CHOW

Born and raised in Jamaica, West Indies, Jodie Lyn-Kee-Chow received a BFA at the New World School of the Arts, Miami in 1996. In 2005 she attained an MFA from Hunter College, New York City. She has exhibited her work at venues including Exit Art (NYC), Rush Arts Gallery (NYC), SUNY Old Westbury College (NY), Grace Exhibition Space, Queens International 4 at the Queens Museum of Art (NY), “Open International Performance Art Festival” at Open Contemporary Art Center in Beijing, China, and a featured artist in Jamaica Biennial 2017, She has received grants and fellowships from Franklin Furnace, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and NYFA. Lyn-Kee-Chow often explores performance and installation art, which draws from the nostalgia of her homeland, the commodified imagery of Caribbean primitivism, folklore, fantasy, consumerism, spirituality and nature's ephemerality. She lives and works in Queens, N.Y. and is a faculty member of the MFA program at the School of Visual Arts. www.jodielynkeechow.com

Cleansing/Claiming/Calling/Falling, a performancy forum

Photo courtesy of Dominique Duroseau
Saturday, October 29th 2016

Dominique Duroseau
Rudi Salipietra and Tif Robinette
Scears Lee
Jodie Lyn-Kee Chow

Intimate laying of foundation stones, ritual cleansing of the ground, the site, the circle, overturning ways of seeing which affect, in-form and model social structures and interpersonal relationships. We are one, partial, neither, none. So close to your face, I taste your digestion, so distant your experience, I can only listen to your tales, so carried on, so claimed, so-called, so fallen, the only direction we can go is up.

CAKE: pop-up show and Tsedaye Makonnen's birthday party

Sunday, May 22nd 2016

SOCIAL LIFE AND ART COMMUNITY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. THIS IS A BIRTHDAY PARTY.
THERE WILL ALSO BE POP-UP PERFORMANCES BY:

Tsedaye Makonnen (the birthday hat-wearer!)
Helina Metaferia
Ivy Castellanos
Amanda Hunt
Jodie Lyn Kee Chow
Geraldo Mercado
Zhenesse Heinemann

AND CAKE

INCEN•DIARIO, a project of GIRÓN

Thursday, May 22nd 2014

INCEN•DIARIO is an ongoing, traveling event series of both live and video performance art. The curation process includes an open call and select commissioned works. Each exhibition features pieces that communicate labour and physical struggle as a gateway to fantasy and the fantastic. In an art/youth culture that largely tends to veer away from politically-charged and activist work, INCEN•DIARIO exists as an opportunity to showcase artists who are working with radical ideas and addressing the current state of affairs, rather than using their practice as a means to escape it.

Join us at Panoply Performance Lab to witness work by the following artists. We will have beer and INCEN*DIARIO's jalapeño margaritas available for a donation.

$5 suggested donation at the door (all proceeds will be distributed equally among artists and event workers).

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XUPSTAR [USA] "Phase Transition Activity #6: Stretching" (durational)

EDWARD SHARP [USA]

KELSEY LUDWIG [USA] "The Miraculous"

JODIE LYN-KEE-CHOW [Jamaica /China/USA] "One out of Many One People"

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AIDA MORENO [País Vasco, Spain] "Artistas, Funcionarios y Virtuosos"

ALESSANDRO FONTE & SHAWNETTE POE [Italy / Poland - Germany] "Reverse"

ELLEN MUELLER [USA]"Chief Resource Management Officer Series: Brushing"

GILLIVANKA KEDZIOR & BARBARA FRIEDMAN [France]"Red Pole Dance"

HECTOR CANONGE [USA/Argentina] "Coquitos"

MURIEL MONTINI [France] "Constellation"

RAFAEL SCHLICHTING & CLÁUDIA CÁRDENAS [Brasil] "Depositivo cinematográfico: La beauté des images"

OREEN COHEN [Israel] "White Wash"

ZACHARY FABRI [USA/Jamaica/Hungary] "Forget me not, as my tether has been clipped"

☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ Exhibition Description: ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼ ☼

INCEN•DIARIO is an ongoing, traveling event series of live art and video-performance. The curation process includes an open call and select commissioned works. INCEN•DIARIO exists as an opportunity to showcase artists who are working with radical ideas and creating revolutionary performances. This instance of INCEN•DIARIO continues in the spirit of the first. The work addresses political issues, injustices, gender roles, historical incidents with lasting effects, current events, class warfare, and so on. The pieces selected for INCEN*DIARIO II incorporate elements of fitness, stamina, repetition, and endurance as a means to communicate labour and physical struggle as a gateway to the fantastic.

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