As part of the exhibition #postcolonialbooty, articule and African Rainbow/Massimadi Festival are pleased to present a discussion between artist Eduardo Velázquez (United States) and researcher Tawny Andersen (Montreal), followed by a mapping workshop facilitated by Eduardo Velázquez.
Workshop participants will be invited to trace their origins and cultural characteristics inherited from their ancestors to the community they live in today. The traveling of characteristics and/or traditions will be mapped in order to foster a better understanding of cultural change in relation to immigration and diversity in the city. Materials will be provided.
The discussion and workshop will take place in English with French whispered translation available.
Free entrance and warm ambiance.
articule's gallery and bathroom are partially wheelchair accessible.
Born in the Dominican Republic, Eduardo Velázquez is a painter, performance artist and filmmaker whose work deconstructs established identities and gender roles through the mediums of paint, photography, body and video. He utilizes painting and performance as tools to investigate how desire becomes manifest in one’s body, identity, and personal postcolonial history. Influenced by camp imagery, Velázquez uses intentional homoeroticism to present an intimate portrait of gender performance. He contributes to different queer activist movements in New York City, and has spoken at Jacob Riis Foundation, El Museo del Barrio, China Central Academy of Fine Arts and McGill University. He lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Tawny Andersen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies at McGill University. Her dissertation provides a theorization and historicization of the concept of ‘performativity’ in order to examine how a group of contemporary women philosophers perform their thought. Tawny holds an MA degree in Performance Studies from the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Prior to entering academia, she enjoyed a career in contemporary dance, working with directors such as Jan Fabre, Meg Stuart, and Kris Verdonck.
My name is Eduardo Shlomo Velázquez. I am a painter, performance artist and filmmaker from Santo Domingo living in New York City. I am very excited to present my most recent work at articule in Montreal. As an artist and activist, Quebec has always been a precious place to come as a young artist. If it is not for art, it is for activism or for just simple inspiration. I found myself back over and over again in Montreal, falling in love with winter, the cultural diversity and the contemporary art scene. So, I am honored to have my first solo show in Canada here in Montreal.