ECLIPSING Festival Day 1

ECLIPSING Festival Day 1

Joelle Mercedes, Patricia Nguyen

Thu, February 1, 2018

7:00 pm

Links Hall

Chicago, IL

$10 - $20

A celestial body is eclipsed when another body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The concept of the eclipse exposes common associations with night and darkness, and may reveal the way dark and night spaces provide a place to challenge dominant and oppressive systems, structures and ways of seeing.

Artists within the Eclipsing series possess the ability to cross boundaries between media and mobilize darkness within their works, harnessing darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities. In dealing with darkness these artist, performers, musicians and healers dissect power. Power as it is defined and perpetrated by the systems that be, and a deeper power that may reside in the depths of a dark night sky or the pitch black pupil of an eye.

ECLIPSING: the politics of night, the politics of light
ECLIPSING: the politics of night, the politics of light
A celestial body is eclipsed when another larger body passes, floats, or drifts into this celestial body’s source of illumination, submerging the smaller body in shadow; in darkness. An eclipse can also be defined as a reduction or loss of status, reputation or power. Those lacking power are cast into darkness. The concept of the eclipse exposes common associations with night and darkness, and may reveal the way dark and night spaces provide a place to challenge dominant and oppressive systems, structures and ways of seeing.

Artists within the Eclipsing series possess the ability to cross boundaries between mediums and mobilize darkness within their works, harnessing darkness’s metaphorical and metaphysical qualities. In dealing with darkness these artist, performers, musicians and healers dissect power. Power as it is defined and perpetrated by the systems that be, and a deeper power that may reside in the depths of a dark night sky or the pitch black pupil of an eye.

Artists within the eclipsing series show us that there is something hidden there. In true darkness there is tremendous power. These artists shed light on the marginal, mysterious, spectacular spaces of night.
Joelle Mercedes
Joelle Mercedes
Joelle Mercedes is a Pájaro Afrodescendiente originally from The Bronx NYC, currently situated in Chicago. Joelle’s work is a flight interrupted by a chaotic thirst for departures. In this detour a circular path unearths, the tart nectar of saudade. A curiosity with distance.
Patricia Nguyen
Patricia Nguyen
Patricia Nguyen is an artist, educator, and scholar who was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. As a child of refugees, her performance work is grounded in her family’s stories to critically engage with issues of forced migration, notions of freedom, inherited war trauma, memory, home, and healing. In her practice as a performance artist, she works creating durational performances and devised theater pieces that bring together oral histories of Vietnamese/American refugees through poetry and labor intensive movements while working with a juxtaposition between natural and fabricated materials (such as water, soil, fish sauce, fabric, and plastics). Her work in installation art seeks to play with the tactile and sensorial affects of audience witnessing and participation. Presently, she is experimenting with the place of ephemerality in performance and installation, asking, “how can we archive an experience?” and “where does the body dis/appear in installation art?” She has performed at the Nha San Collective in Vietnam, the Mission Cultural Center in San Francisco, Jane Addams Hull House, Oberlin College, Northwestern University, University of Massachusetts Boston, and Prague Quadrennial. In addition, Patricia has over 10 years experience working in arts education, community development, and human rights in the United States, Brazil, Philippines, and Vietnam. She has facilitated trainings and workshops with The Fulbright Program, U.S. Embassy in Vietnam, Jane Addams Hull House, Social Workers Association in Vietnam, and Asian Human Services on issues ranging from mental health, youth empowerment, and language access. Patricia is also a Ph.D. candidate in Performance Studies at Northwestern University and a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow for New Americans.
Venue Information:
Links Hall
3111 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL, 60618
http://www.linkshall.org/