MLU ZONDI / ANYA LIFTIG
New durational performance work.
Mlu Zondi creates performance indiscriminately for stage, gallery and public spaces. Reluctant to get caught up in the embedded politics of these charged sites, Zondi nonetheless engages with their respective audiences and publics, calibrating concepts and works for each particular context.
Zondi works under the banner of 'Sololique Projacts' (established in 2000 whilst still a student), a performance company with himself as principal member, incorporating other collaborators such as his partner, Ntando Cele, a poet and actor. Sololique Projacts has established an extensive repertoire of works, and as an ethos incorporates strong characterisation, playing on stereotypes and tensions of 'otherness', whilst developing an idiosyncratic performance language.
Zondi's interest in making work in a visual arts context developed out of a sense that the contemporary dance world does not easily accept his brand of performance, and that in the early stages of his career, positive feedback and encouragement were mostly received from visual artists and practitioners.
Anya Liftig is an internationally recognized performance artist. She received a B.A. from Yale University and an M.F.A. from Georgia State University. Her photographs and writings have appeared in numerous publications including, The New York Times Magazine, Now and Then, Public Culture, USA Today, Billboard, Heeb, Mix, Kitchen Sink and Art Papers. She has received major residency awards from Casa Tres Patios in Medellin, Colombia, Vermont Studio Center and The Field. Her performances have recently been featured at TATE Modern, MOMA, Exit Art, HERE Arts Center, Eyedrum, Galapagos, Surreal Estate, Atlanta Contemporary Arts Center, Mess Hall, InCUBATE, 3ldgdog, Highways Performance Space (Upcoming) and Yale University.www.anyaliftig.com
Sat 6:00-10:00pm FREE