Cuerpxs Queer en el Caribe: Fronteras e Identidades


[Many thanks to Peter Jordens for bringing this item to our attention.] The Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics and the Center for Multicultural Education & Programs at New York University present talks by Puerto Rican performative artists Helen Ceballos and Lío Villahermosa on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. This event will be followed by a conversation with Tomás Urayoán Noel and a reception with live Bomba music. The events take place at the Hemispheric Institute, located at 20 Cooper Square, 5th Floor Conference Room, New York, New York. [RSVP on Facebook.]

A Live video broadcast will be available here starting at 6:00 pm (EST).

The Hemispheric Institute is pleased to present the work of Caribbean multidisciplinary artists Helen Ceballos and Lío Villahermosa, who are part of Puerto Rico’s contemporary performance art scene. Their artistic practices interconnect, exploring identity, queerness, and cross-Caribbean linkages based on conceptual and physical notions of the border. As artists, cultural workers, and creators, both Helen and Lío are driven by a strong social and political commitment to their communities. They are among the 20 artists selected by Northwestern University for the Puerto Rican Arts Initiative, an arts incubation platform intent in incentivizing contemporary art practices that engage the community in post-hurricane María Puerto Rico.

Join us on Thursday, October 17, 2019, these artists will share their artistic practice through a performative artist talk, followed by a conversation with professor Tomás Urayoán Noel and a reception with live Bomba music.

Helen Ceballos’s artistic practice moves between theatrical, conceptual, and performative universes. Her multidisciplinary work draws from photography, video, installation, and performance art. Ceballos explores issues such as lineage, moving, migration, eroticism, self-fiction, archiving, care, and liminality.

Lío Villahermosa is a visual artist, dancer, and educator whose intuitive work proposes a reflection on fluid identities. Through photography, Lío works with the exaltation of affections while questioning how to live in a queer body, cultural traditions, and spaces.

Urayoán Noel is an associate professor of English and Spanish at NYU, as well as a poet, performer, and translator. His books include In Visible Movement: Nuyorican Poetry from the Sixties to Slam and Buzzing Hemisphere / Rumor Hemisférico.

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