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Amanda Alfieri's
Feed da Booty

November 18, 2017
8pm
RE: ART SHOW
630 Flushing Ave. 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11206

In the ongoing series "Feed da Booty," Amanda Alfieri figuratively and literally seeks to embody and ingest media-reinforced stereotypes and symbols within multiple social and cultural constructs such as race, gender, and sexuality. For this body of work, Amanda takes a familiar social media meme "feed da booty" verbatim as a solution to make my own "grow," pushing my body through intensive exercise along with an implausible post-workout "booty feeding."

Entrance to RE: ART SHOW is off Tompkins Ave and Hopkins Ave, through the parking lot.

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Peso muerto (Dead Weight), 2017
Photo by Renato Mangolin

Carlos Martiel's
Continent

November 22, 2017
7pm
Y Gallery
319 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002

This performance reflects on the way black bodies are sequestered, seized, and abducted; and the consequent plunder and despoil of the cultural and material wealth of the African Continent. This work is not reduced only to the history of the transatlantic slave trade. It is meant as a critique of the present situation of constant vulnerability and crisis in which African nations and others continue to be indiscriminately exploited by the postcolonial and neoliberal policies of the USA, European states, and other parts of the developed world.

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Huisi He's
I can’t promise you the ride of your life

November 26, 2017
3-4pm
Union Square Park
New York, NY
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Ten years ago I came to the United States in pursuit of freedom of self-expression, luggage full of passion. Ten years later, my passion has been burning out due to struggles with legal status in the US, visa applications and rejections, foreign policies, and Trump. Crawling back into the luggage that once carried all my dreams, I am rotted inside. What is left in me is helplessness and hopelessness.

Performance begins at 3pm at the pavilion near the southwest corner of Union Square Park.

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Doreen Garner's
Purge

November 30, 2017
Doors 7:30/Performance 8pm
Pioneer Works
159 Pioneer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Purge forces us as a collective society to face the reality of racism that J. Marion Sims’s legacy as the “Father of Modern Gynecology” was built upon.

Sims viewed Black people's bodies as disposable specimens, exploiting and torturing them through experimental procedures for the purposes of medical research. In the 1800s, it was considered unethical to view beneath a woman’s skirt as a physician. When Sims accepted Anarcha, a seventeen-year-old enslaved black woman as a patient, he made her get on all fours atop his operating table while completely nude, and shoved a speculum inside her vagina. He invited crowds of townspeople to “see what no man had seen before." Sims attempted to close Anarcha’s vesicovaginal fistula over 30 times without anesthesia between 1845 and 1850, despite the fact that he had used the anesthetic ether for his white patients 5 years prior to Anarcha’s first operation.

This performance will reenact onto a silicone skin of J. Marion Sims's Central Park statue many of the same operations that Sims performed on the enslaved; as part of her exhibition White Man on a Pedestal with Kenya (Robinson), Garner recreated Sims's statue in life-size, encasing it in a thin layer of silicone. Once peeled, his 'skin' lies in situ on an operating table. Using dissection as a means to get to the truth, the symbolic mutilation of Sims's body on a surgical table seeks to undo his historically praised posture.

Seating is limited.

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