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Hemispheric New York features special programs, such as EMERGENYC (EMERGENYC), lectures, film series, conferences, and performance workshops, some of which are exclusively for members, and some which are open to the public at large. Below are upcoming and recent events.


Deportee Suitcase Solidarity Action | Thu 7/26 @ 5:30 pm | #WhatWouldYouPack

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
5:30 pm 
26 Federal Plaza 
New York City

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#WhatWouldYouPack
#bringasuitcase

A SUITCASE

The deportation machine has many layers. We invite you to join us in an action that will bring to light one such layer—invisible to many—that profoundly marks the lives of our friends, our neighbors.

When Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) orders our Friends deported, their loved ones can pack one 25 lb suitcase for them. Each day, people in our communities must pack such a suitcase and submit it to ICE for inspection. When they drop off these suitcases with ICE, they cannot see their loved one to say goodbye.

Some of our friends and neighbors are deported to countries they left as children, where they know no one and may not speak the language. It may be a place with little opportunity, where their sexuality is criminalized, where there is war or drought. They often face grave danger.

We are asking you to think about one person—someone you love—and imagine packing their suitcase before they were deported to a country where you might never see them again. The suitcase is everything your loved one will leave with; the suitcase contains the belongings they will start over with. We invite you to think about this choice: what objects, what pieces of clothing, what photos, what books, what letters what would you pack?

Members of our communities, our neighbors, have to make these choices every day. They have to think in these terms. They have to pack one suitcase for their loved ones. 

On July 26th, at 5:30 PM, we will gather at 26 Federal Plaza in New York City to honor those who have been deported and their loved ones—and to make visible this form of invisible violence.

We ask that you bring ONE (1) OBJECT YOU WOULD PACK in your love’s suitcase to 26 Federal Plaza, as we shed a light onto the deportation machine that continues to cause violence, and suffering on our communities.

The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, Reverend Billy And The Stop Shopping Choir, NYU Sanctuary, Caribbean Equality Project, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and other organizations invite artists and volunteers to contribute their art, music, media, and other creative interventions.

Please share this email with friends, colleagues, and networks.

#WhatWouldYouPack

If you are interested in helping and participating, please email sara@newsanctuarynyc.org and bringasuitcase@gmail.com. 




Hemi July Events | Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance | Brooklyn Museum 

2018 July Radical Women Performance Series LMM INDIA DarylETillman 2048w 600 400

 

Thursdays:
July 5, July 12, and July 19, 2018

Brooklyn Museum 
200 Eastern Pkwy 

Brooklyn, NY 11238

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Introducing new and recent work by contemporary Latinx artists as they respond to themes in the Brooklyn Museum's exhibition Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Brooklyn Museum in collaboration with the NYUHemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, invites a selected group of artists to present a three-day performance series.

Join us for Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance (taking place July 5, 12, and 19), that will showcase female-identified and gender-nonconforming Latinx artists in the greater NYC area who are exploding rigid notions of femininity. Featuring performance, visual art, literature, music, and everything in between, the series centers a younger generation engaging with our current political and cultural landscape.

*This series contains mature subject matter, including nudity and strong language.*

July 5:

7–8 pm Ela Troyano and Alina Troyano

8–8:30 pm Awilda Rodríguez Lora

8–9 pm Sonia Guiñansaca (Hemi 2018 Artist in Residence) 

9–9:30 STEFA*

July 12:

6–9:30 pm Arantxa Araujo

6:30–9:30 pm Francheska Alcántara

7–7:30 pm Ray Ferreira

8:30–9:10 pm Jennif(f)er Tamayo

July 19:

7–8 pm Marsha Parrilla

8–8:30 pm Joiri Minaya

7:30–9:30 pm Alicia Grullón (Hemi 2018 Artist in Residence)

8:30–9:30 pm Linda LaBeija

The performance series is free with the museum’s (pay-what-you-can) general admission.




Women, Race and Dignity: This Ain’t A Eulogy | Screening & Discussion  

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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*Live video broadcasting will be available here, beginning at 6:00 pm (EST)* 

While the global community addresses such issues as health security, peacekeeping, and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the voices of women of color are largely excluded. Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins founded Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) in 2017 to advance leadership and professional development of women of color in international peace and security. WCAPS created the forum “Peace, Security, and Art” to promote engagement between women of color artists whose work encompass these themes and women of color interested in and working in the policy field.

Join us for the WCAPS Art Forum’s inaugural event, a screening of Taja Lindley’s short film This Ain’t A Eulogy: A Ritual for Re-Membering. The screening will be followed by a discussion between Lindley and Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins on the intersections of women, race, and dignity in our society through the lens of art and policy.

Taja Lindley (Hemi EMERGENYC alumna, 2014) is an artist, activist, writer, and healer, based in Brooklyn. Lindley holds a BA from NYU’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study. She uses movement, text, installation, ritual, burlesque, and multimedia to create immersive works that are concerned with freedom, healing, and pleasure. In addition to being an artist, Lindley is actively engaged in social movements as a writer, consultant, and facilitator. She is the founder of Colored Girls Hustle and a member of Echoing Ida and Harriet's Apothecary. Her work has been featured at the Brooklyn Museum, Hammer Museum, New York Live Arts, the Movement Research at Judson Church series, Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX). She is currently developing a body of work recycling and repurposing discarded materials. |tajalindley.com.

Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is the Founder and President of Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS) and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC. Jenkins was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2009 as Special Envoy and Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs in the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State (DOS). She served in that position until January 2017. Jenkins was the DOS lead for the 2010–2016 Nuclear Security Summits and the U.S. Representative to the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. She led diplomatic efforts promoting the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA), helped establish the GHSA NGO Consortium, and founded the GHSA Next Generation Network. | wcaps.org.

Presented by Art to Zebras, New York University Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, and Women of Color Advancing Peace, Security and Conflict Transformation (WCAPS). 




Me Quedo: A Reading of #PapiFemme & #NostalgiaAndBorders

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
6:00-8:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

 

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*Live video broadcasting will be available here, beginning at 6:00 pm (EST)*

 "Go back" they say, ¡pero me quedo! Hemi 2017-18 Artist in Residence Sonia Guiñansaca, a migrant queer poet, performs from her first chapbook #NostalgiaAndBorders and from the upcoming sequel #PapiFemme. Like a requiem, these poems are a remembrance of old "homes" and of those we had to leave behind in the process of migration. Guiñansaca will weave together sacred experiences and memories from Ecuador with newer narratives as a queer, gender non-conforming Latinx growing up in NYC. “Me quedo in the homes I am building, me quedo in the memories nearly forgotten, me quedo in the kisses that linger still, me quedo aquí.”  

Join us for this event, which will feature readings by Giselle Buchanan and Kay Ulanday Barrett, performances by Alan Pelaez, and art by Rommy Torrico. Q&A and reception will follow performance. 

Sonia Guiñansaca (Hemi 2017-2018 Artist in Residence) is an internationally acclaimed queer migrant poet, cultural organizer and activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. A VONA/Voices and BOOAT Alumni, Sonia has performed at The Met, El Museo del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, Galería de La Raza, and has been featured on NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen America, the Poetry Foundation, and UK’s Diva Magazine, to name a few. They were named as 1 of “10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla, 1 of 13 “Coolest Queers on the Internet” by Teen Vogue, and 1 of 3 U.S.A. Future Leaders Delegates for the British Council. Sonia—who is currently the Managing Director at CultureStrike—has co-founded and helped build some of the largest undocumented organizations and artistic projects in the country, and has emerged as a national leader in the undocumented/migrant artistic and political communities. Follow their work on Twitter/IG: @thesoniag or SoniaGuinansaca.com

Rommy Torrico is a queer, undocumented artivist, born in Iquique, Chile, raised in Naples, Florida, and has recently moved to NY/NJ. Rommy has been involved in the (im)migrant rights struggle for several years and infuses much of their work with personal experience and the stories their community shares. Their work has been exhibited in California, Washington DC, and NYC. You can find more about them on RommyTorrico.com and follow them on IG: @Rommyyy123

Alan Pelaez Lopez is an Afro-Indigenous poet, collage, installation, and adornment artist from Oaxaca, México. In their visual and literary work, they explore the intersections of PTSD, undocumented immigration, Indigeneity, queer feelings, and Black flesh. They are a 2018 Pushcart Prize nominee, named one of “10 Up and Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know” by Remezcla and one of “10 Poets for the Revolution,” in Best American Poetry Blog.Their essays, poetry and political analysis have appeared in Black Girl Dangerous, Fusion Magazine, The Feminist Wire, Colorlines, and more. Follow them on their website at alanpelaez.com and as @migrantscribble on all social media. 

Giselle Buchanan is a poet, multidisciplinary artist and writer from the Bronx, NY. Despite the use of many mediums, her work is united under the umbrella of healing. She believes beauty is restorative and that art can act as a therapeutic agent. As an artist deeply involved in her community, she has worked extensively with women, incarcerated men on Rikers Island, and children in East Harlem, the Bronx, and Brooklyn. Additionally, she has worked for various organizations, including the Bronx Museum, Harlem Textile Works and New York Writers Coalition, facilitating workshops and assisting in programs designed to empower the creative and intellectual spirits of students from often underserved communities. She has performed in many places, from bookstores to ballrooms, like Hammerstein Ballroom, the Apollo Theater, the Chicago Theater, Housing Works Bookstore, Bluestockings, and more. She has published writings in Hanging Loose and poems have been featured on media outlets like MSG Network and Nickelodeon. She currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. See their work at gisellebuchanan.com

Kay Ulanday Barrett is a poet, performer, and educator, navigating life as a disabled pilipinx-amerikan transgender queer in the U.S. with struggle, resistance, and laughter. Ulanday has been invited to The White House, Princeton University, UC Berkeley, The Lincoln Center, Queens Museum, and The Chicago Historical Society to name a few. They are a fellow of both The Home School and Drunken Boat. Their contributions are found in PBS News Hour Poetry, Poor Magazine, Trans Bodies/Trans Selves, Windy City Queer: Dispatches from the Third Coast, Make/Shift, Third Woman Press, The Advocate, and Bitch, and the upcoming anthologies, Outside the XY: Queer Black & Brown Masculinity and Writing the Walls Down: A Convergence of LGBTQ Voices. See their work at kaybarrett.net

NOTE ON ACCESSIBILITY 
*The space is wheelchair accessible. No stairs. Direct elevator from ground floor to 5th floor.
*We strongly encourage all participants of the space/event to be scent-free. 




 

La Lotería de la Migración and the Visual Languages of Advocacy Exhibition Opening and Panel Discussion

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Thursday, April 19, 2018
7:00-9:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

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How do visual and textual languages speak to each other—and to us—about complex personal and political experience?

Richard Arthur Fleming’s Lotería de la Migración reimagines the traditional Mexican Lottery card game and its striking iconography as emblems of the logistical and legal obstacles to Central American and Mexican migration to the United States. Lotería serves as an occasion for this expanded discussion about intricate relationships between image, text, culture, and the politics of migration. The exhibition is on view from April 19, 2018 through May 31, 2018.

The panel features panelists Alexandra Délano Alonso (Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies, The New School), Richard Arthur Fleming (artist, writer, and documentarian), and Catherine Taylor (Co-Director, Image Text Ithaca MFA and ITI Press), and will be co-moderated by Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Managing Director, NYU Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics) and Suzanne Maria Menghraj (Chair, Contemporary Culture and Creative Production, NYU Global Liberal Studies).

Alexandra Délano Alonso is Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies at the New School. Her research focuses on diaspora policies, the transnational relationships between states and migrants, and the politics of memory in relation to undocumented migration. She is the author of From Here and There: Diaspora Policies, Integration and Social Rights Beyond Borders (Oxford University Press, 2018).

Richard Arthur Fleming is a writer, artist, and documentarian excited and inspired by the subcultures and vernacular of the global south. He is the author of Walking to Guantanamo, a travelogue about crossing the length of Cuba at the dawn of the millennium. His multi-panel exhibition Lotería de la Migración is the focus of this event.

Catherine Taylor (Ph.D. Duke University) is a writer and editor who works on a wide range of nonfiction forms—from documentary and literary journalism to lyric essays and hybrid-genre writing. She is the author of You, Me, and the Violence; Apart; and Giving Birth. She is Co-Director of the Image Text Ithaca MFA program and ITI Press.

Presented by NYU’s Global Liberal Studies and Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, in association with the Institute for Public Knowledge and Colloquium for Unpopular Culture.

 




I Want A Better Catastrophe Andrew Boyd’s Gallows Humor

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Thursday, April 19,  2018
6:00-8:00 pm

I Want A Better Catastrophe Andrew Boyd’s Gallows Humor 

Bumming out about climate apocalypse? The 6th Great Extinction getting you down? Join Andrew Boyd for a “hopelessness workshop.” Thrown into a crisis of hope, this life-long activist set off on a quest to find out how leading thinkers and your grandmother are grappling with the “impossible news” of our climate doom. He’s returned with an unfinished manuscript and a broadside of gallows-humor life-advice — as well as a few surprisingly emotional flowcharts — about how to live on the cusp of catastrophe, including: ”The apocalypse is a terrible thing to waste,” ”Hopelessness can save the world,” and “Don’t worry, we’re not heading off a cliff, just a sharp slippery slope.” Together, we’ll step through the 5 stages of climate grief, gamely game-out our existential options, and ask aloud several taboo questions, including: “Why the fuck am I recycling?” If you’ve ever wanted to tell someone else how to write their own book, now’s your chance. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll tell him which subtitle he should use. Maybe another end of the world is possible?

We invite you to attend the reading of Andrew Boyd’s manuscript and share your feedback.

Andrew Boyd is an author, humorist and long-time veteran of creative campaigns for social change. He led the decade-long satirical media campaign “Billionaires for Bush,” founded the art-activist toolbox and laboratory Beautiful Trouble, and co-created the grief-storytelling ritual The Climate Ribbon. He's the author of several books, including Daily Afflictions and Life’s Little Deconstruction Book. In his current work-in-progress,I Want a Better Catastrophe, he explores the emotional and ethical dimensions of our climate predicament. Unable to come up with his own lifelong ambition, he’s been cribbing from Milan Kundera: “to unite the utmost seriousness of question with the utmost lightness of form.” You can find him at andrewboyd.com. 

This event is co-sponsored by NYU's Department of Art and Public Policy. 




 Symposium

Transnational Sanctuary: Ecologies of Migrant Care and the Politics of Solidarity 

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Thrusday, April 12 and
Friday, April 13, 2018

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, NYU and the Working Group on Expanding Sanctuary, The New School

Transnational Sanctuary is a two-day event that convenes activists, scholars, faith leaders, and grassroots organizations to examine sanctuary as a transnational practice, an ideal, a theory, an historical proposition, a call to civil disobedience, and a vision of social justice for the present. 

What does sanctuary mean and how is it practiced in the United States and beyond? How are practices of migrant care, advocacy, and solidarity framed in relation to the concept of sanctuary? Aside from sanctuary, what other vocabularies, strategies and practices are being used? How can both the idea and the practice of sanctuary complement the work of activists responding to the violence of expulsion, the dangers faced in transit, and the brutality of detention and deportation? How do shelters, churches, activists, and organizations cooperate across borders? Is a transnational politics of sanctuary possible? What can other movements learn from sanctuary movements, both historical and contemporary? As activists on the ground grapple with these questions, Transnational Sanctuary is an invitation to students, activists, scholars, and the broader public to reflect, imagine, and strategize.

Participants include:

Rev. John Fife (Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson), Amparo Marroquín (Universidad Centroamericana, El Salvador), Dr. Rev. Renee McKenzie (The Church of the Advocate, Philadelphia), Juan Carlos Ruiz (New Sanctuary Coalition of NYC), Jill Anderson (Otros Dreams en Acción), Marco Castillo (Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes), Azza Falfoul (Watch The Med Alarmphone, Tunisia), Father Ismael Moreno, SJ (Radio Progreso, Honduras), Byron Cruz (Sanctuary Health, Vancouver),  Reverend Billy and Savitri D (The Church of Stop Shopping), Alyshia Galvez (Lehman College), Maggie Loredo (Otros Dreams en Acción), Diana Taylor (New York University), Marta Pérez (Yo Sí Sanidad Universal; and Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Ángelo Cabrera (MASA), Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute), Alexandra Délano Alonso (The New School), Abou Farman (The New School), Anne McNevin (The New School), Miriam Ticktin (The New School), Pablo Domínguez (Princeton University), Loren Landau (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa), Sheila Quintana (Independent activist, Philadelphia), among others. 

Simultaneous interpretation in Spanish and English will be provided.


Schedule of events:

Thursday, April 12

09:30 am-4:30 pm: Presentations and dialogues
*Live video broadcast will be available here.*

Hemispheric Institute
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10003

9:30-10:00 am  Breakfast

10:00-10:15 am  Welcome and Introductions

Diana Taylor (Hemispheric Institute) and Abou Farman (The New School)

10:15-11:30 am  Sanctuary and the Politics of Solidarity
 What practices are associated with Sanctuary and solidarity with migrants across different communities and regions?

Marco Castillo (Asamblea Popular de Familias Migrantes), Azza Falfoul (Watch The Med Alarmphone, Tunisia), Ismael Moreno, SJ  (Radio Progreso, Honduras), Moderator: Anne McNevin  (The New School)

11:45 -1:00 pm   Sanctuary, Religious Actors, and Communities of Faith
What is the specific role of religious communities in Sanctuary? How to they they engage with broader social and political movements?

Juan Carlos Ruiz  (New Sanctuary Coalition), Dr. Rev. Renee McKenzie (The Church of the Advocate), John Fife (Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson), Moderator: Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute)

1:00 - 2:00 pm  Lunch

2:15 - 3:30 pm   Sanctuary and Practices of Care
What role do sanctuary and migrant care practices play in different moments of the migration process--arrival, transit, reception, detention, deportation—in different regions?

Marta Pérez  (Yo Sí Sanidad Universal, Madrid), Byron Cruz  (Sanctuary Health, Vancouver), and Maggie Loredo (Otros Dreams en Acción, Mexico City), Moderator: Miriam Ticktin  (The New School)

3:30-4:00 pm  Presentation of Ecologies of Migrant Care Initiative, Hemispheric Institute

Diana Taylor, Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Pablo Domínguez, Alexei Taylor

4:15 - 4:30 pm  Reverend Billy and Savitri D (The Church of Stop Shopping)

5:00-5:45 pm: Weekly ICE Detention Center Vigil with the New Sanctuary Coalition

Varick Street Processing Center
201 Varick Street
New York, NY 10014

6:30-8:30 pm: Keynote panel

The New School
John L. Tishman Auditorium, University Center
63 Fifth Avenue, Room U100
New York, NY 10003

Jill Anderson (Otros Dreams en Acción, Mexico City)
John Fife (Southside Presbyterian Church, Tucson)
Amparo Marroquín (Universidad Centroamericana,San Salvador)
Juan Carlos Ruiz (New Sanctuary Coalition, NYC)
Moderators: Marcial Godoy-Anativia (Hemispheric Institute) & Alexandra Délano Alonso (The New School)

Friday, April 13

10:00 am-4:00 pm: Workshops and longtable discussion 

The New School
Klein Conference Room (510)
New York, NY 10011

Organized by the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at NYU and the Zolberg Institute Working Group on Expanding Sanctuary at The New School, with support from The Henry Luce Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.




The Extractive Zone: Cecilia Vicuña’s Social Ecologies a Decolonizing Vision Speaker Series Lecture by Macarena Gómez-Barris 

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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6:00-8:00 pm

Macarena Gómez-Barris, Social Science & Cultural Studies, Pratt Institute.

Extending arguments in her recently published book The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives, Gómez-Barris considers performative engagement with oceanic space, its social ecologies, and its occupation by transnational mega-extractive industries. During a time of new authoritarianisms in the Américas, she shows how extractive capitalism reorganizes the Pacific Ocean into a normative geography, where questions of stewardship and governance become epiphenomenal to the primary condition of resource accumulation. How does New York-based and mestiza artist Cecilia Vicuña’s sense the sea? How does she address the complexities of Indigeneity in the Global South? And, how might we think about Vicuña’s sea choreographies and similar radical artistic work as forms of embodiment that dissipate human, inhuman, and (after) nature divides?

Macarena Gómez-Barris is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies at Pratt Institute and Director of the Global South Center. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism, especially upon Indigenous territories (Duke University Press, 2017). She is also author of the forthcoming Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Politics in the Américas (UC Press, 2018) and Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile (UC Press, 2009). She is co-author with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace (University of Minnesota Press, 2010) and co-editor with Diana Taylor of Duke University Press series Dissident Acts. Macarena was a Fulbright fellow at Sociology and Gender Department in FLACSO Ecuador, Quito (2014-2015).

*This event is free & open to the public. Venue is accessible.*

Co-Sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality; and Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics.

image: Cecilia Vicuña from Kon Kon (2012) 




El Indulto: Memory and the Archive in Contemporary Peru


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6:00-8:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003

This event will take place in Spanish with translation.
Photo by: Lucho La Torre

Participants:
Karen Bernedo Morales (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru)
Leticia Robles-Moreno (Muhlenberg College)
Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa (Lafayette College)
Moderator: Claudia Salazar Jiménez (NYU)

 The recent exoneration of former dictator Alberto Fujimori has transported many Peruvians back to the nineties. Today more than ever, it has become clear that the democratic transition of the early 2000’s was little more than a reconfiguration of authoritarian political forces. The image of Peru as “a country without memory” has reemerged in the public sphere while, at the same time, a series of massive responses from Peruvian civil society has demonstrated the strength of trans-generational resistance to this imperative. This event will examine the present through the “eyes of the archive” in order to connect ideas around affect, theatricality, and performance. Panelists will address the mechanisms of cooptation deployed by Fujimorist forces as well as the acts of resistance and remembrance that are disrupting this attempt to erase and repeat history.

Karen Bernedo Morales holds a masters degree in Visual Anthropology and a degree from the Gender Studies department of the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru. She’s an independent curator and a professor at the Universidad Científica del Sur specializing in performing arts. She has created documentaries and exhibitions around the themes of art and memory within the internal armed conflict in Peru. Karen is a founding member of theMuseo Itinerante Arte por la Memoriacollective, which has received the National Art and Human Rights Award from the Príncipe Claus Foundation.  

Leticia Robles-Moreno holds a Ph.D in Performance Studies from New York University. Her research focuses on knowledge and bodily practices in Latin America and in the way they reconfigure political and transnational communities. She is currently studying the role of collective creation within theatre groups in the current Latin-American socio-political context. She analyzes the expansive networks of art and performance collectives as survival tactics and in the recovery of cultural memory within the fight for gender equality as well as sexual reproductive rights. Leticia is a professor at Muhlenberg College.

Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa holds a Ph.D in Literature from Columbia University. Her research specializes in contemporary Latin-American Culture, with a focus on the Andes region. She’s currently writing about the cultural and social implications of the eighties underground scene in Peru. Her interests include visual culture, literature, non-fiction film, and urban and interdisciplinary studies.

Claudia Salazar Jiménez is a Peruvian academic and writer. Her first novel “La Sangre de la Aurora”, written from a female perspective on the internal armed conflict in Peru, obtained the Las Américas de Narrativa award. Her research projects and publications connect personal narrations with memory politics. She’s currently a professor at NYU and Brooklyn College.




Dancing While Black: This Body Knows Freedom Story Circles on Organizing toward Vision in an Age of Resistance

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Thursday, November 9, 2017
6:00-9:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003

Led by Wendi O’Neal and Paloma McGregor

With Invited Guests Ebony Noelle GoldenKendra RossMaria BaumanDr. Brenda Dixon-Gottschild, and Ishmael Houston-Jones.

What does it take to activate and maintain vision, particularly in moments where there is much to organize against? In this evening of storytelling, we will hear from a group of visionary dance artists about what they are working toward, and share stories of our own. This event marks the kickoff of Dancing While Black’s fifth anniversary season. Story Circles is a democratic process of storytelling created by John O’Neal of the Free Southern Theater, the predecessor of Dancing While Black’s New Orleans partner, Junebug Productions.

Wendi Moore-O'Neal is a cultural worker, facilitator, and educator who was born and raised in New Orleans. She’s worked in local, regional and national justice organizations over the last 26 years; but her heart’s work is rooted at home, especially the kind of organizing that happens around kitchen tables and during porch-time. Wendi uses freedom songs and story circles to share what she knows about Black resistance movement culture and history.

Paloma McGregor is a New York-based, Caribbean-born choreographer whose work focuses on centering Black voices through collaborative, process-based art-making and organizing. She has worked with grandparents, children, environmental educators, academics and other artists to create a wide range of work, including a dance through a makeshift fishnet on a Brooklyn rooftop, a structured improvisation for a floating platform in the Bronx River and a devised multidisciplinary performance work about food justice with three dozen community members and students at UC Berkeley. Paloma does this work as Co-Founder and Director of Angela's Pulse, which creates and produces collaborative performance work dedicated to building community and illuminating bold new stories.

Damcing While Black is an artist-led initiative that supports the diverse work of Black dance artists by cultivating platforms for process, performance, dialogue and documentation. We bring the voices of Black dance artists from the periphery to the center, providing opportunities to self-determine the languages and lenses that define their work.




"The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf Who Became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist" by Marcus Rediker | Book Launch 

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Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00-8:00 pm

Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics
20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room
New York, NY 10003

The Fearless Benjamin Lay chronicles the transatlantic life and times of a singular and astonishing man—a Quaker dwarf who became one of the first ever to demand the total, unconditional emancipation of all enslaved Africans around the world. He performed public guerrilla theater to shame slave masters, insisting that human bondage violated the fundamental principles of Christianity. He wrote a fiery, controversial book against bondage that Benjamin Franklin published in 1738. He lived in a cave, made his own clothes, refused to consume anything produced by slave labor, championed animal rights, and embraced vegetarianism. He acted on his ideals to create a new, practical, revolutionary way of life.

Please join us as we celebrate the launch of this publication with a presentation by author Marcus Rediker. Reception to follow.

Marcus Rediker is Distinguished Professor of Atlantic History at the University of Pittsburgh and Senior Research Fellow at the Collège d’études mondiales in Paris. His books have won numerous awards and been translated into fifteen languages. They include The Many-Headed Hydra (2000; with Peter Linebaugh), Villains of All Nations (2004), The Slave Ship (2007), and The Amistad Rebellion (2012).  His most recent book is The Fearless Benjamin Lay: The Quaker Dwarf who became the First Revolutionary Abolitionist (Beacon Press, 2017). He is also the producer of the prize-winning documentary film Ghosts of Amistad: In the Footsteps of the Rebels, about the popular memory of the 1839 Amistad rebellion in contemporary Sierra Leone. He is currently working as guest curator in the JMW Turner gallery at Tate Britain.