We are pleased to announce the launch of a historical overview of Performance Art at Gachet. Covering the period from 1998 to 2011, with writing by Fei Shi, Hamed Taheri, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa and Irene Loughlin, the book seeks to examine the impact of Gachet art production within this time period. Fei Shi’s work comments on “the excessive moment of encounter… (in the works, which) …irretrievably breaks the normative structure of representational recognition and points to a restructuring of our political orientation, to feel the other in our body.” (p. 5) Hamed Taheri’s 13 Theses On A Burning Asylum explores the performance by Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa, as accompanied by Adriana Contreras. “When the man stops to whisper, the woman begins to talk. The death of his murmurs gives birth to her speech. The sacrifice of the voice heralds the arrival of new meaning.” (p.14) In the essay Sketch, Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa addresses the subject of ‘drawing, sketching, and improvisation’ in relation to performance art, commenting on the “metaphors and references to drawing in their performances which aren’t so far from the daily artistic practices of these artists.” (p.16). Irene Loughlin provides an overview of performance at Gachet, citing important works produced by Gachet and DTES artists, including CR Avery, Marie Baker, Sven Black/Lucy Fur, Francisco Fernando-Granados, Pedro Guillen Cuevas, Diane Jacobs, Zola Novak, Francisco Ortiz, Paula Potter, Rocco Trigueros, Paula Urrutia, Karenza T. Wall, Danny Wickert, Samatha Zahorchak, as well as the creative contributions and support of Glenn Alteen, Reona Brass, Kim Dawn, Guillermo Galindo and Berengere Parizeau, Randy Gledhill, Bryan Mulvihill, Archer Pechawis, and Alvin Tolentino.
This publication and performance series was made possible through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Visual Arts Section.