Performa, New York’s performing art biennial, is collaborating with 1:54 contemporary African art fair in Brooklyn next month. Organised by Adrienne Edwards, the curator at Performa and curator-at-large at the Walker Art Center, a new section of the fair dedicated to performance will feature two live works, one by the Jamaican-born artist Dave McKenzie. The other performance is due to be announced at the end of April.
McKenzie’s performance, “This ship would set sail”, even anchored as it was (2016), takes its cue from the centennial anniversary of Pan-African leader Marcus Garvey’s arrival in New York City in 1916. The work, created especially for 1:54, will be performed at intervals on 6 and 7 May.
1:54 Performs, as the new section is called, is part of the fair’s Forum section, which is organised by Koyo Kouoh, the founder and artistic director of RAW Material Company, Dakar and the curator of this year’s EVA International, Ireland’s biennial of contemporary art.
- Eddie Peake's 2013 performance "Endymion" for Performa 2013. Photo: Elise Gallant via Purple Diary.