A mosaic of autobiography, mythology, and collective inquiries, Boy mother / faceless bloom combines ritual, dance, music, poetry, video, and sculptural installation to explore transformation and transgression, the creativity and conflicts of motherhood, and ancestral lineage in a time of colonialism, imperialism, and planetary crisis.
The piece was co-created by Juni One Set through an intensely collaborative process over the span of three years. Juni One Set is Eddy Kwon, Senga Nengudi, and Degenerate Art Ensemble’s Haruko Crow Nishimura and Joshua Kohl. Intuitive play, loving conversations, and a deep sense of trust allowed for the generative convergence of diverse artistic practices, cultural backgrounds, gender experiences, age, ability, and geographies.
From the group’s statement: “Our work is intensely collaborative, rooted in the deepest respect and love we hold for one another. Through an intentional, transformational process, we build a world within which we can be free. Our bodies live in fear, in the shadows of beginning-less violence, in joy and in care. Through ritual and embodiment, we find openings for healing and growth and invite others to arrive. We are trying to tell a story we never want to end.”
Location: CAC Black Box
Duration: 60 mins
Time: APRIL 6 – 7 / 8:00PM
Co-creator, music, movement: Eddy Kwon
Co-creator, sculptural & costume design, movement: Senga Nengudi
Co-creator, movement, music: Crow Nishimura
Co-creator, music: Joshua Kohl
Video: Leo Mayberry and Ian Lucero
Residency support: Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, BASE Experimental Arts (Seattle)
Boy mother / faceless bloom is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation & Development Fund Project co-commissioned by Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati in partnership with Colorado College and NPN/VAN. The Creation & Development Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information, visit www.npnweb.org.
If event cancels, refunds will be distributed 1-4 business days after cancellation.