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.

Project Description:

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.