Twelve Gates Arts presents perform(art)ive, a new performance art festival in the city of Philadelphia on October 25th. Hosted at Drexel University Westphal College of Media Arts & Design (3401 Filbert Street) at 5:30pm. The festival will feature a dynamic ensemble of artists whose work will illuminate the South Asian-diasporic experience as well as the medium of performance art itself. The physical presence of the artists in the space and the effect that has on the viewer makes for an unforgettable and inspiring experience.
The following artists whose works will be featured in Twelve Gates' inaugural performance festival:
Philadelphia-based Flamenco artist and leeway gratnee Elba Hevia y Vacia (ACG '08, WOO '04) draws upon her cultural experiences (Bolivian-born, Spanish, Indian and American) and the lived realities of women today to create contemporary flamenco in a feminist context.
Pakistani-born artist of international acclaim, Shahzia Sikander, whose pioneering process-based work uses diverse experimental media to examine the forces at stake in contested cultural and political histories.
Bangladeshi-American artist, Monica Jahan Bose, whose work addresses diverse topics ranging from gender and sexuality to climate change.
Indian artist, lawyer and academic, Sumit Baudh, whose work aims to explore thought, language, body and performance and concepts related to identity (e.g., Dalit, queer, gender).
Manchester, England-based visual artist and writer, Qasim Riza Shaheen, who works across performance, installation, film, photography, often with the audience as participants, and whose work explores various ways of sharing memories and enters the fragile architecture of the space between people.
Although their works range widely in terms of themes and modes of presentation, an emerging theme in the works these artists propose to present at perform(art)ive is one of transgression and control - how bodies, whether human or geographic, and emotions, identities, places (including, nature itself), and the representations thereof are controlled and transgressed upon, as well as the tensions inherent in such representations (including the artist's own act of artistic representation). Click here for more information.