Guest Curators: Maria Bauman (November 8), Zavé Martohardjono (November 15) and Zachary Frater (November 22)
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange
421 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn
Tickets Available HERE ($16 General / $10 Low Income)
As Audre Lorde said “…for it is not difference which immobilizes us, but silence. And there are so many silences to be broken.” The exciting artists that are part of the November SUBMERGE performances are breaking silences with their work, indeed. On November 8, Ashley Phillips, Ganessa James, and Monica McIntyre lift their voices as artists, as healers, as Black women, as queer people piercing through silence with clarity and panache. This show brings the storytelling of the three songwriters in a round robin, offering spontaneous collaboration and a way to weave three very distinct voices together with the common thread of love, spirituality and community.
In the second of a three-night SUBMERGE @ BAX series, curating artist Zavé Martohardjonopresents ReduX, a night of mixed media performance bringing together three multidisciplinary artists Mieke D, DJ Tikka Masala, and Alicia Ohs. Participating artists’ works are informed by in-studio artist-to-artist conversation and collaboration hosted by Brooklyn Arts Exchange. ReduX takes thematic interest in contemporary re-imaginations and subversions of “the traditional” through performance. As curator, Martohardjono invited artists in this program whose work blurs boundaries, subverts expectations, and crosses disciplines. ReduX specifically attempts to widen space for queer artists from the Asian diaspora within the artists of color space the SUBMERGE @ BAX series provides. All the while, ReduX offers a platform to its three artists to disrupt assumptions, speak back to formal practices or inherited ancestries/legacies, and remix their cultural influences.
The Inaugural Miss Krayola Pageant gathers together four figures who have little to no experience in the drag arts, but who have long awaited to legitimately, in the words of Marlon Riggs, “unleash the Queen.” Trust—each of these young monarchs has dreamt vividly and incessantly of adoration. In the weeks leading up to the pageant. Their raw talent and creativity will be coached, contoured, and cuntified by some of today’s burgeoning drag legends. Enter our judges & drag mentors: Misses Detoxx Bústi-ae, Leo Gugu, and the illustrious Sparklez. At Miss Krayola, our contestants will endure three rounds of judging: a classic Runway category, a rousing Q&A session from our judges and hosts, and an original Performance of their own design. Hosting the evening are two dissimilar Queens, both with various degrees of notoriety. One is our reigning Mr(s). Williamsburg, Bushwick’s very own Aja. The other, her crime-fighting cohort (and baby drag herself), Miss Banjela Davis. Somewhere in Park Slope, four promising talents will share a stage to compete for our love/their glory. Come and witness the ingenuity, grace, and unbridled zeal of these Queens as they transcend the material constraints of maleness to bring us something divinely feminine. Soon wigs will fly and we will see who really deserves to be called the cuntiest crayon in the box! Arise, Miss Krayola!!!
The success of today’s booming biometrics industry resides in its promise to rapidly measure an objective, truthful, and core identity from the surface of a human body, often for a mixture of commercial, state, and military interests. Yet, Biometric machines often fail to recognize non-normative, minoritarian persons, which makes such people vulnerable to discrimination, violence, and criminalization. Face Cages and Facial Weaponization Suite dramatize and protest against biometric facial recognition–and the inequalities these technologies propagate.
Wine Reception to follow.
Zach Blas is an artist, writer, and curator whose work engages technology, queerness, and politics. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art at the University at Buffalo. Blas has exhibited and lectured internationally, most recently at Museo Universitario Arte Contemporáneo, Mexico City; the 2014 Museum of Arts and Design Biennial, New York; the 2014 Dakar Biennial; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and The Moving Museum, Istanbul. Zach has published writings in The Journal of Aesthetics and Protest; Women Studies Quarterly; and You are Here: Art after the Internet. His work has been written about and featured in Art Review, Frieze, Art Papers, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Mousse Magazine, The Atlantic, and Al Jazeera America.
This event is free and open to the public. A photo ID is required for entry to NYU buildings. This venue is wheelchair accessible.