As a Kenyan-Indian Canadian living in the US, artist and dancer Brendan Fernandes draws on his composite identity to challenge received ideas about authenticity and hybridity. Fernandes — whose work takes the form of video, object making, installation, and performance — is currently in residence at 18th Street Arts Center; as part of that, he’ll stage three participatory public actions titled “I’m Down,” the first of which takes place this Saturday, March 18. The performances will explore the cultural history, architecture, and patterns of displacement of the community around 18th Street — known as the Pico neighborhood — through movement and language. Participants will “workshop” the “gestural vocabulary” Fernandes has created alongside local residents. Those interested in attending should text “IMDOWN” to 555888 to receive meeting locations a day before each event.
When: Saturday, March 18, 11am–1pm
Where: 18th Street Arts Center (1639 18th Street, Santa Monica, California)
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