Traversing his wide-ranging multi-media studio work and community activism, this performative talk introduces audiences to NYC-based Leonardo’s socially engaged practice and techniques, often revolving around forms of violence, power dynamics and interpersonal relations, in preparation for the artist’s Testimony workshops and performances scheduled for January 28-29.
Monday, January 28, 6:00 PM
Buchwald-Wright Gallery, Gund Gallery
More about Testimony:
Students are invited to participate in closed workshops based on visual story-telling, which will inform a public performance. In Testimony, guests will locate intensely contested, current affairs within their bodies. Utilizing the shifting perspectives embedded in testimony, news reports, and memory as a backdrop, participants will both recite their own testimonies and translate the narratives of others into performative gestures. While embodying these texts, the group will enact different identities, elusively tying each person in the room to one another.
Nominations are also being collected from Kenyon faculty, administrators, and staff. To participate in a workshop, you must RSVP. Guest artist Shaun Leonardo will then invite select workshops participants to take part in the public event.
The Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are made possible, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.
Image: Brooklyn, NY – June 13th, 2018: The artist Shaun Leonardo posing for a portrait at his studio in Dumbo, Brooklyn. Shot for a piece pegged to a performance he’s staging at the Guggenheim titled “Primitive Games”.