Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works

A.J. McClenon, Courtney Mackedanz

Fri, June 1, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $12

Links Hall is pleased to announce our second annual Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival takes place annually the first week of June in order to premier new projects developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year's Co-Mission residencies were awarded to J'Sun Howard, Ayako Kato/ Art Union Humanscape, Lizzie Leopold, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. The artists have had the support of three months residencies at Links Hall, monthly stipends over the course of their residencies, as well as workshop support and mentorship to aid in the development of their projects.

Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works
Co-MISSIONS Festival of New Works
Links Hall is pleased to announce our second annual Co-MISSION Festival of New Works.
This mini festival takes place annually the first week of June in order to premier new projects developed by our Co-Mission Resident Artists. This year's Co-Mission residencies were awarded to AJ McClenon, Courtney Mackedanz, Nora Sharp, and Sojourner Zenobia. The artists have had the support of three months residencies at Links Hall, monthly stipends over the course of their residencies, as well as workshop support and mentorship to aid in the development of their projects.
A.J. McClenon
A.J. McClenon
AJ was born and raised in "D.C. proper," where they learned to fish and wander. Raised by southern grandparents, Nelba & Ernest and a D.C. native mom named Patricia Ann, aunts Cassie & Lalu and mom's boyfriend Bill. Humid summers spent between D.C., Baltimore and New York. A.J's work sets personal narratives alongside empirical data, leveling the hierarchies of truth. AJ holds a Masters in Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in creative writing from the University of Maryland College Park. AJ has also studied at Eugene Lang College. AJ has performed and shown work throughout the US, at locations like Steppenwolf, The Promontory, Woman Made Gallery, Echo Park Film Center, Chicago Filmmakers, Terrain Exhibitions, Gallery 400, Compliance Divisions, Fine Art Complex 1101 and Longwood Arts Center. AJ is currently the co-director of Beauty Breaks, an intergenerational beauty and wellness workshop series for black people along the spectrum of femininity. AJ is also a co-founder of F4F, a domestic venue that cultivates a femme community, centers blackness, and expands upon understandings of what domestic space can be.

Black Water: Polarity is a multimedia dance project that tells a collective story about the relationship between water and Black people. Using elements of modern dance, experimental theatre, contemporary and electronic sound, Black Water: Polarity speaks about aquatic migrations including the transatlantic slave trade, the historic segregation of pools and beaches in the US and the ensuing consequences and the emotional landscapes that our physical bodies contain in regards to these subjects.
Courtney Mackedanz
Courtney Mackedanz
Courtney Mackedanz is a movement based performance artist living and working in Chicago. Her performances & installations employ tension, slippage, and wobble to insinuate realities which may appear absurd or distant, though are based in actuality. Her choreography rehearses the legibility of meaning contained in physical gesture while her text works against the stability of languageā€”all in an effort to create/occupy space differently. Mackedanz eared a BFA in Performance and Visual Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2013, and has since performed in Chicago, New York, Montreal, & Shanghai.

During her Co-MISSION Residency at Links Hall, Mackedanz has developed "AINT NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL" - a performative interrogation of the manners in which the physical body is instrumentalized to reinforce and perpetuate structural violence. Through the collision of text and gesture, AINT NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL confronts the aching similarities between the ways in which the body is exploited for its wage labor as well as its sexual use value. With a tender rage and strenuous yielding toward confusion, AINT NO SWALLOW BACK GIRL struggles to negotiate the (im)possibility of bodily autonomy in the wake of infiltration by such systems of oppression.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/