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September 14, 2018 – CHICAGO

For the opening of the new exhibit “Chicago Disability Activism, Arts and Design: 1970’s to Today” at Gallery400, Friday September 14 from 6:30pm -7:30pm, i will perform “from here to there.   Archive from my evolving lived experience navigating physical disability will also be on display. proud to be in this exhibition with other disability identified artists, activists and designers.

#ChicagoComeThrough #CripFolkUnite #ArchivingTheDisabledBody #WheelChairCrutchesCanes #Intersectionality #MomentToMomentBreathToBreath #newPerformativeExploration #BlackIsBold #UIC #ChicagoAdapt #Neurodiversity

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image of black disabled man with arms folded so that the front of hands meet, supported by blue metallic forearm crutches. he is looking downward suggesting a softly contemplative mood. there is text below him and to one side noting the event details of the exhibit Chicago Disablity Activism, Arts and Design: 1970’s to Today

 

October 7, 2018 – TORONTO

looking forward to sharing creative work – “a series of movements” –  in Toronto, on Sunday, October 7 at 4:30pm, as part of  2018 7a*11d international festival of performance art ! grateful for the thoughtful curation of Golboo Amani in association with the great collective members of 7a*11d!

#aSeriesOfMovements #TheBlackDisabledBodyMovesQueerly #OhCanada #TravelingWhileBeingAnArtist #CreativeFlow

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image of black disabled man kneeling in the grand staircase of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is on a landing in between two sets of stairs and looking at a deconstructed wheelchair. in front of him is a dark metal sculpture of a thin body like figure. to the left and below the image of the man, are details of 2018 international performance festival 7a11d’s line up

 

October 13, 2018 – HALIFAX

i’m performing a new explorative performance – “wha(i)le” –  as part of  Nocturne 2018 in Halifax on October 13 from 6pm – midnight (with intervals of rest) at the Maritime Museum ,  thoughtfully curated by Raven Davis.

#NomadicReciprocity #WhaileEmerges #DisabilityAesthetics #BlacknessinNovaScotia #BuildingACommunalSpace #HalifaxinOctober #OhCanada #2018CreativeTour

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various smaller images of different performing artists from various cultural backgrounds in striking poses and gestures, as well as one image of a watercolor portrait of the water and sea. next to each of the images are performance details of the events for Maritime Museum
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one reflection from witnessing “what the body knows”

taking a moment to take in/look at various thoughts shared via facebook and email of those who witnessed the world premiere of what the body knows : a dance suite of two solos and a duet here’s one in particular, reflecting on various moments within the solo “ele’fant” and duet “carry”:

“To make a new world, we need to create new aesthetics. Barak Adé Soleil is making a new aesthetic, and it is the most destabilizing thing I have ever seen. This is more than a remix of existing body politics; beyond addressing the oppression and hegemony of current race, disability, gender, and sexuality behavior/discourse, his work is opening a door to a new way of being human in our crazy world. He eats the poisoned apple from our hands and regurgitates the pieces for us to see. He crawls the floor with the force of a freight train and ploughs through our psyches. He slams his body against the walls, and the walls shake. After “what the body knows,” someone asked me where do we go from here? ANYWHERE WE WANT.”

Mary Wu

more reflections to come from what the body knows and other presentations this year…

 

these moments. in the act of art.

the art making doesn’t stop. in the midst of campaigning for what the body knows, an opportunity to collaborate is embraced.  basking from the beauty of the act of art, in the art of experimentation with brilliant artists Nikki Patin and Mikel Patrick Avery in politics  of space , curated by Demecina Beehn as the culmination to 2016 Chicago Home Theater Festival at Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative’s studio in the neighborhood of  Greater Grand Crossing.

truly thankful for these moments:

this moment in the act of art. we three be. within community. making the unknown known.

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this moment in the act of art. we find each other. tenderly. “who’s the table”. revealing truths.

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the moment post performing. still savoring the act of art. candidly, we three creative folk be.

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from left to right: Nikki Patin, Mikel Patrick Avery and me.