UNDER OUR SKIN Body and Territory in Performance Art

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
West Lafayette (IN)


UNDER OUR SKIN: Body and Territory in Performance Art is an exhibition of the individual and collaborative Performance Art work of artists Hector Canonge and Verónica Peña. Coinciding with Columbus Day, the exhibiton will begin on Wednesday, October 12th, 6:00 PM, starting with an Artist Talk and followed by the one-time presentation of the performance De Lo Ajeno (Of Others) at Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, PURDUE UNIVERSITY.

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Hector Canonge and Verónica Peña, De Lo Ajeno (Of Others), Performance Art, 2016

UNDER OUR SKIN: Body and Territory in Performance Art is an exhibition featuring Performance Art works by artists Hector Canonge (born in Argentina) and Verónica Peña (born in Spain). The exhibit is an explorative survey that captures the various manifestations and expressions of Live Action Art created by the artists while living in and outside of The United States. UNDER OUR SKIN consists of a selection of videos of performances and outdoor interventions exploring notions of identity and migration. The exhibit captures the various manifestations and expressions of Live Action Art created independently and in collaboration by the artists while living in Europe, Latin America, and the United States.

De Lo Ajeno (Of Others) is a performance that explores Hispanic stereotypes in relation to national and personal identity. Based on perceptions that Americans have of Spanish and Latino cultures, and taking into account the historic ties between Spain and South America, artists Verónica Peña and Hector Canonge, create a performance that establishes possible dialogues and readings of Otherness. Using references and appropriating popular Hispanic traditions and practices, the artists create a dynamic performative environment where games of passion, power, control, domination, conquest, and mutual understanding are proposed. The performance consists of five actions marked by movement, sound, and the use of artifacts created by the artists. Every action evokes a moment and personal experience of the artists’ lives in the United States. 

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration.  Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes.  Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He started projects such as ARTerial ​PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), a transcontinental initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in in Latin America. Canonge teaches Media Arts and Technology at City University of New York, and directs projects, programs and initiatives from MODULO 715 his new studio in Jackson Heights, Queens. After living abroad for almost 3 years, the artist came back to NYC in 2015, launched TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series, and the new Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and other public institutions. 

Verónica Peña is an interdisciplinary artist from Spain based in the United States. Peña’s work explores the themes of absence, separation, and the search for harmony through performance art. Her recent work consists of experimental participatory performances that create shared moments amongst strangers. Peña earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts at The Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain. She earned her Master of Fine Arts at Stony Brook University, New York, focusing on installation and performance art. Peña has performed in Spain, Germany, Italy, South Korea, Chile, and the United States. In New York, her work has been featured at the Queens Museum, Grace Exhibition Space, Momenta Art Gallery, The Lab Gallery (for Installation + Performance Art), at Times Square (Times Square Alliance), at the Armory Show 2010 (Gabarron Foundation), in the “13th DUMBO Arts Festival (DUMBO Arts Center), and numerous galleries. In Spain, her work has been exhibited at Casa de America (Madrid), Fundacion Antonio Saura (Cuenca), Museo Orus (Zaragoza), and Fundacion Caja Rioja (La Rioja) amongst others. She has been a recipient of the Socrates and Erasmus Grants, a Universidad Complutense de Madrid Fellowship, and a candidate for the Dedalus Foundation Grant. She has been an Artist-in-Residence at Vermont Studio Center, United States. She curates “Collective Becoming: The Urban Caress”, an initiative to make of the streets of our cities a place less hostile. She has published “The Presence Of The Absent”, a thesis about her body of work.

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