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The eight-day Performance Intensive held in Philadelphia between January 5th and January 12, 2020 included public performances and a public lecture offered by three visiting artists, taisha paggett, Wilmer Wilson IV and Jibz Cameron (aka Dynasty Handbag) and one visiting scholar, Tavia Nyong’o, workshops led by Sharon Hayes, Weitzman School of Design and Brooke O’Harra, School of Arts and Sciences and the development and presentation of “proposals” by the 18 emerging artists who participated in the Intensive.
The Center for Experimental Ethnography was excited to help support travel for two of the selected artists, Gabriel Christian and Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju at the Performance Intensive (see below).
Gabriel Christian, proposal work, photo by Rå Vitche-Boul.
Gabriel Christian is an increasingly amorphous artist bred in New York City and baking in Oakland. Their work metabolizes the vernaculars within BlaQ diaspora –– futurity, afrovivalism, faggotry –– through body-based live performance and poetics.
Monilola Olayemi Ilupeju
Monilola is a transdisciplinary artist and writer living and working in Berlin. She graduated from New York University in 2018 where she studied Studio Art (Honors Studio) and Social and Cultural Analysis, the latter of which focused on the intersections of race and cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, sociology, and political science. The knowledge acquired in these fields continues to inform her practice today. She is also an alumna of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Class of 2018.