Feet On The Ground, MAW Gallery NY

Esther Neff, IV Castellanos and Maria Hupfield present Feet on the Ground, a participatory group performance art collaboration on decolonizing yourself featuring a custom made toolbox designed by the artists. Using a combination of individual and collective actions the artists will demo and invite participation by the audience to empower the absurd and irrational, using items from the tool box. Conducted as an ongoing series of workshop style performances across multiple venues this project is based on survival strategies with politically minded performance artists. Objects in the toolbox are comprised of an assortment of items ranging from the everyday to custom hand made. Unlike the military term “boots on the ground” the title Feet on The Ground is one where the liberation of the undressed foot takes priority over combat.

This work is presented in conjunction with #callresponse, a Canada Council {Re}Conciliation initiative project. #callresponse is a multifaceted project which brings together five site-specific art commissions that invite collaboration with individuals, communities, lands and institutions, culminating in a gallery exhibition in October 2016 at grunt gallery in Vancouver, BC.

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Images: Esther Neff, IV Castellanos and Maria Hupfield, meeting in the House of Dust, James Gallery, 2016. Photo: Chloe Bass

Upcoming performances:

October 21st, 7pm at MAW Guruin Gallery Chinatown for Your Decolonizing Toolkit co-curators Ayana Evans and Anna Mikaela 56 Henry Street NY https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=56%20henry%20street

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October 27, 1-4pm at Motion Capture Studio, Emily Carr University of Art and Design in Vancouver for Feet on The Ground.

November 13th, at Bullet Space for INTERIOR INTERRUPTIONS, 292 E 3rd Street New York, New York 10009 http://bulletspace.org/site/

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