Gallery 102 Presents Hyphen American Performance Series

By Editorial Team on February 13, 2018
Photo courtesy of Gallery 102.
Events: Saturday, February 17 from 3pm to 6pm

Join Gallery 102 for a performance series hosted in conjunction with Hyphen American. Performances by: Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill, Hoesy Corona, Helina Metaferia, and Kunj. The performance series is free and open to the public. To RSVP, click here.

To read more about Hyphen American, click here.

Alexandra (Rex) Delafkaran (1993; California) is an Iranian-American interdisciplinary artist, dancer and curator from California, currently based in Washington, D.C. She uses movement and objects to explore the rich tensions between bodies, intimacy, language and identities. Since receiving her degree in Ceramics and Performance Art from the San Francisco Art Institute, she has worked and exhibited in Southern Exposure Gallery, Diego Rivera Gallery, Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Panoply Performance Lab, and others. While working as Gallery Manager at Hamiltonian Gallery and teaching dance, Rex continues to perform and exhibit, making sculpture out of Red Dirt Studios.

Tsedaye Makonnen (1984; Washington, D.C.) is an Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist who focuses on installation and performance art, creating sculptures, experiences and participatory pieces that involve the audience. Other titles she bears and inform her art practice are mother, educator,and birthworker. Recurring themes present in her work are identity, migration, colorism, womanhood, ritual, and kinship. For the last few years her work has been exploring the forced migratory patterns of the African Diaspora and their creative responses to assimilating and recreating the Self within new territories. Tsedaye has performed at the Corcoran Gallery, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, Five Myles Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, Grace Exhibition Space, Panoply Performance Lab, Pratt Film Institute and more. In 2017, she participated in the 1st edition of the Festival International d’Art Performance in Martinique, ITINERANT 2017 International Performance Art Festival at Queens Museum, Light City Baltimore, and the 7th Annual Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra, Ghana. Most recently she performed and exhibited at Art Basel Miami with Prizm Art Fair and Satellite Art Fair.

Nana Ama Bentsi-Enchill (Ama BE) (b. 1980; Ghana/USA) is a multi-disciplinary artist and cultural advocate living in Brooklyn, NY. As a Ghanaian born in America, Nana Ama’s work investigates notions of value and identity as acquired through cultural inheritance, foreign imposition and personal inquiry. She is interested in the confrontation of opposing cultural value systems as they ritualistically meet in mundane and ceremonious spaces. She has performed on the shores of Matanzas, Cuba, James Town, Ghana, and New York City, and driving her work to be conversant across the diaspora. She has performed and exhibited in, Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions, The Kitchen: Center of Consciousness installation in The Altar: Rituals of Healing in the African Diaspora, NYU’s Kimmel Galleries, 2017 Chale Wote Street Art Festival, Here Hear at Gowanus Open Studios, Panoply Performance Lab, Archive Series at Le Petit Versailles, Black Gotham in New York’s Seaport District. She is also the producer of the documentary series, Look the Other Way, addressing the state of Africa’s creative industries, and the value systems that inform them.

Hoesy Corona (b. 1986; México) is a multidisciplinary artist who creates mysterious and surprising experiences. Corona has shown compelling works and inventive sculptures fitted to the human body extensively at various institutional, private, public and underground venues including among others The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Walters Art Museum; Current Space; Delicious Spectacle; and Panoply Performance Laboratory. In addition to maintaining a prolific studio practice Corona is the founding co-director of Labbodies, an arts organization that creates opportunities for new media and performance artists to exhibit their work in the USA. Recent honors include a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship 2017-2018 in Washington, DC; an Andy Warhol Foundation Grit Fund Grant administered by The Contemporary in Visual Arts 2017; a Robert W. Deutsch Foundation’s Ruby’s Project Grants in Visual Art 2016-17; and a Light City public art commission in 2017.

Helina Metaferia (b. 1983; Ethiopia) Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist, working in the areas of performance, video, installation, and two and three dimensional media. Her work investigates the role of the body as both subject and object in art, as well as transnational identity and cultural hybridity within the context of her Ethiopian-American heritage. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at venues such as the Museum of African Diaspora (San Francisco, CA), Museum of Fine Arts (Boston, MA), Museum of Modern Art (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia), Galeria Labirynt (Lublin, Poland), Grace Exhibition Space (Brooklyn, NY), and Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago, IL). Helina completed her Masters of Fine Arts at Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture. Her artist residencies include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ox-Bow, Yaddo, MASS MoCA, The Lighthouse Works, and a full fellowship to the Vermont Studio Center. Helina was a recipient of a 2015-2017 AICAD Teaching Fellowship at the San Francisco Art Institute, where she taught in the Graduate and New Genres departments. She is currently a Hamiltonian Artists Fellow at Hamiltonian Gallery in Washington, DC.

Kunj (b. 1988; USA) explores both cultural and sexual identity through performative ritual with a focus on hetero-normative dissuasion. Questioning and rebelling against institutional ideas of race, gender, and queerness – Kunj often creates work is that is impermanent, using ritual performance and structure to explore the notion of no-identity versus new-identity. He received his BA in Anthropology and Studio Art from the University of Maryland, with emphasis on physical culture, identity, and printmaking, and has performed at Grace Exhibition Space (NY), EMP Collective (MD), and The National Portrait Gallery (DC).

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Gallery 102 is located at 801 22nd St. NW.