Nicolás Dumit Estévez is an interdisciplinary
artist working primarily in performance art. His work has been
exhibited in New York at P.S.1/Clocktower Gallery, El Museo
del Barrio, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Cynthia Broan
Gallery, Henry Street Settlement/Abrons Arts Center, the Bronx
Museum of the Arts, the Queens Museum of Art, the Newark Museum,
Dixon Place, P.S.122, Exit Art, Cuchifritos, Here Arts Center,
Longwood Art Gallery, DCTV, Smack Mellon, and the Museo de Arte
Moderno and Museo del Hombre Dominicano in the Dominican Republic.
In 2001-2002 he was chosen to be part of The National Studio
Art Program at P.S.1. He was awarded a Future Faculty Fellowship
from Tyler School of Art in Pennsylvania, a Fellowship from
the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, a Special Editions Fellowship
from the Lower East Side Printshop, and Independent Projects
Grant from Artists Space in New York and a grant from Puffin
Foundation. Estévez is currently the recipient of a 2003-2006
Lambent Fellowship in the Arts from Tides Foundation. Beginning
in September 2004 he will hold a Cyber Residency at Longwood
Arts Project in the Bronx.
Estévez will model this piece after the Catholic El Camino
de Compostela in Spain, staging a series of pilgrimages that
reverse the relationship between art and religion. Religion
becomes a tool at the service of art as the artist will endure
seven tortuous journeys that begin at his patron institution,
Franklin Furnace, and conclude at seven New York City museums.
Passersby will be encouraged to help Estévez endure each
penance (e.g. carrying the 200 pounds of art catalogues strapped
to his back), will Franklin Furnace will provide him with a
presentation letter that validates his journeys. Upon completion
of each penance, a passport-like credential will be signed by
an official at each institution and later exhibited.