Thursday, 02 March 2023 15:08

Interview with Carlos Martiel (2017)

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.
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Thursday, 02 March 2023 15:04

A Conversation with Taja Lindley (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.
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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
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Thursday, 02 March 2023 12:21

Interview with Cheryl Angel (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.
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Thursday, 02 March 2023 12:19

Interview with Kirya Traber (2016)

"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.
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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.
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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.
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Thursday, 02 March 2023 12:01

Interview with Frantz Jerome (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.
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Thursday, 02 March 2023 11:57

Interview with Ebony Noelle Golden (2016)

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.
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Thursday, 02 March 2023 11:51

Interview with Dan Fishback (2016)

"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.
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