Interviews

Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Associate Director at NYU's Hemispheric Institute, talks with Avram Finkelstein (Hemi Artist in Residence 2016) about art, activism, flash collectives, ACT UP, interrogating dominant AIDS narratives, and the role of artists in cultural and political change

A Conversation with Avram Finkelstein (2017)

In this conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (Hemi's Associate Director of Arts & Media), Taja Lindley discusses her journey from a childhood in a predominantly white area of Georgia, to her activist work in racial and reproductive justice in New York City, to her deep dive into performance and her current "hustle" of purpose-driven, passion-filled artistic and healing practices.

A Conversation with Taja Lindley (2017)

What would it take to shift the way that we value art and culture in this country? In this 2015 interview conducted by Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Adam Horowitz discusses his motivation for creating the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC)--a grassroots organization centered around local artists working in public service.

Interview with Adam Horowitz (2015)

Interview with Alejandro Meitin, conducted by Marcela Fuentes, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.

Interview with Alejandro Meitin (2009)

Interview with Alvaro Villalobos, conducted by Antonio Prieto Stambaugh, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.

Interview with Álvaro Villalobos (2009)

In 2017, upon the publication of e-misférica’s “Expulsion” issue, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Carlos Martiel about his career trajectory as a performance artist and the centrality of the body as a raw material in his corpus. They touch on Martiel’s interest in ritual and sacrifice–-and Martiel’s use of his own bodily pain as an instrument of protest–-as well as his concept of “sinceridad corporal” (bodily sincerity), which Martiel characterizes as the forthright display of the normally obscured body. Other topics they discuss include: migrants’ fatal trajectories across the Florida Straits and the Mediterranean; gentrification; differences between racism in Cuba and the US; and Martiel’s Jamaican heritage. They specifically discuss Martiel’s pieces “Expulsion” and “Black Lament” among others.

Interview with Carlos Martiel (2017)

In a conversation with Marcial Godoy-Anativia, Cheryl Angel discusses her role in protecting the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation water source located by the Missouri River. Additional topics discussed include camping strategy, decolonization training for outsiders, the role of social media, and navigating police brutality.

Interview with Cheryl Angel (2017)

Interview with Comadre Araña, conducted by Michael Birenbaum Quintero, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.

Interview with Comadre Araña (2009)

"Performance is the failure of language" was the advice that Dan Fishback received when faced with a disconnect between his anti-war columns and the hate speech that soon targeted him.During a conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio at the Hemispheric Institute—2 weeks after the 2016 election—Fishback recounts a moment where he found himself laughing at the absurdity of Zionist organizations tacitly supporting antisemitism, soon turning his laughter turn into tears.

Interview with Dan Fishback (2016)

In this conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Daniel Alexander Jones discusses art, politics, pedagogy, life, and why artists do what they do. Jones explains elements of his craft, such as that he felt motivated to work outside the structures of mainstream performance art and that his ideas unfold over the course of the creative process.

Interview with Daniel Alexander Jones (2016)

Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Venezuelan artist Deborah Castillo on the occasion of her installation “Marx Palimpsesto” (Marx Palimpsest) at the Hemispheric Institute. Castillo explains her philosophy of “radical disobedience” especially to “patria” (fatherland) and military power, which has characterized her consistent play with the monumentalization of Simón Bolívar in her work, and why she finds irreverent humor necessary in the context of “Venezuelan totalitarianism.”

Interview with Deborah Castillo: Venezuelan Interdisciplinary Artist (2018)

Interview with Diana Raznovich, conducted by Mila Aponte-González, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas

Interview with Diana Raznovich (2009)

In an interview with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Hemi Artist in Residence Ebony Noelle Golden discusses her pursuit of art as a full-fledged career, and her disinterest in the cliché of the struggling artist.

Interview with Ebony Noelle Golden (2016)

Speaking a month after the 2016 election with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Frantz Jerome discusses his first forays into performance; his time at Hemi; his pedagogical use of comic books and social justice; the disconnect between policy and culture; the rigidity of traditional forms of education; and the importance of community, collaboration, art, and activism, especially now.

Interview with Frantz Jerome (2016)

In this conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, performance artist George Emilio Sánchez discusses the evolution of EmergeNYC, a program located in the Hemispheric Institute that nurtures young voices at the intersection of art and activism.

Interview with George Emilio Sánchez (2016)

In this interview, Giuseppe Campuzano talks about his take on how his particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere.

Interview with Giuseppe Campuzano (2009)

Interview with Ileana Diéguez, conducted by Mila Aponte-González, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.

Interview with Ileana Dieguez (2009)

Macarena Gómez-Barris talks with Julie Tolentino about her multi-disciplinary perspective as an artist and the various spaces and modes of learning she has navigated in her 30+ years as an artist. As key figure during the ACT UP AIDS movement, Tolentino helped educate others on responsible sex in the gay community.

Interview with Julie Tolentino: Artist, Dancer, Choreographer, Performance Installation Maker (2018)

"Language is my medicine." Kirya Traber discusses her journey from poetry and spoken word to performance art and theater in a conversation with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio.

Interview with Kirya Traber (2016)

This interview complements his participation in a round table on Citizenship and its Frontiers: Multiculturalism, Interculturality, and Migration, presented in this 10-day event, which brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship.

Interview with Larry La Fountain-Stokes (2009)

This interview complements her video installation Négritude, showcased in this 10-day event, which brought together activism, scholarship, and art around the themes of legacies, memories, struggles, and frontiers of citizenship.

Interview with Liliana Angulo (2009)

In 2018 at the Hemispheric Institute, Marlène Ramírez-Cancio interviewed Mariela Brito of the Cuban theater and performance collective El Ciervo Encantado about the performances "¡Guan Melón! ¡Tu Melón!" and "Departures," and about the span of their work more broadly.

Interview with Mariela Brito: Actriz El Ciervo Encantado (2018)

In 2019, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Argentine trans/“travesti” activists Marlene Wayar and Susy Shock on the occasion of their event at the Hemispheric Institute “Travesti Cartographies.” In the interview, Shock describes their community work and how the trans women in their writing workshops express themselves with the profound sense of play necessary to elaborate the “political novelty” that is trans identity.

Interview with Marlene Wayar & Susie Shock (2019)

Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Marta Minujín when she came to NYU to speak in the event series "Latin America's 1968," hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS). In the interview, Minujín clarifies her philosophy of "happenings" and how they differ from performance art.

Interview with Marta Minujín: Argentine Conceptual Artist (2018)

In this interview, Garcés talks about his take on how his particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere.

Interview with Michael John Garcés (2009)

In their interview with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Mercedes Francisca García Ordóñez and Clara Alicia Sen Sipac describe the membership, genesis, methods, repertoire, and ambitions of their Mayan women-centric theater collective Mujeres Ajchowen.

Interview with Mujeres Ajchowen: Mercedes Francisca García Ordoñez, Clara Alicia Sen Sipac (2018)

In 2015, on the occasion of the publication of the “States of Devotion” issue of e-misférica, Marcial Godoy-Anativia interviewed Dominican artist Nicolás Dumit Estévez at the Hemispheric Institute. They discuss Dumit Estévez’ long-standing engagement with religion in his work, and how his relationship towards it becomes ever more earnest.

Interview with Nicolás Dumit Estévez (2015)

Paloma McGregor, Hemispheric Institute Artist in Residence, sat down with Marlène Ramírez-Cancio to discuss her life trajectory and her work in the world of dance. McGregor's practice centers Black subjects through collaborative, process-based art-making, and organizing. A central piece of the conversation centers around McGregor's journey from journalism to dance.

Interview with Paloma McGregor (2019)

Media

In this interview, Rocío Boliver talks about her take on how her particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere.

Interview with Rocío Boliver (2009)

In this interview, Santiago García talks about his take on how his particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere.

Interview with Santiago García (2009)

Marlène Ramírez-Cancio, Associate Director at NYU's Hemispheric Institute, talks with 2017-18 Artist in Residence Sonia Guiñansaca about their work, creative process, and cultural organizing for undocumented immigrants. Motivated by the lack of political change for migrants, Guiñansaca emerged as a national leader in the migrant artistic and political communities where they coordinated and participated in groundbreaking civil disobedience actions.

Interview with Sonia Guiñansaca: Queer Migrant Poet, Cultural Organizer and Activist (2018)

Interview with Suely Rolnik, conducted by Pablo Costa, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics

Interview with Suely Rolnik (2009)

Interview with Tania Bruguera, conducted by José Muñoz, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia under the title Staging Citizenship: Cultural Rights in the Americas.

Interview with Tania Bruguera (2009)

In this interview, Teddy Cruz talks about his take on how his particular performance-related work makes a political intervention in the public sphere.

Interview with Teddy Cruz (2009)

Interview with Vicky Holt Takamine and Jamaica Osorio, conducted by Diana Taylor, during the 7th Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics, held in August of 2009 in Bogotá, Colombia

Interview with Vicky Holt Takamine and Jamaica Osorio (2009)

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