Two Artists Perform a Conversation on Dismantling Whiteness

As part of their residencies at PAM, Thinh Nguyen and Skip Snow will present a piece of experimental, political theater on April 15 and 16.

Thinh Nguyen and Skip Snow (image courtesy the artists)

It’s no question that people of color are underrepresented in the US art world, from artists and critics to collectors and curators. The recent controversy surrounding the 2017 Whitney Biennial has driven home an urgency regarding issues of race, ethnicity, and representation that all of us cultural producers and consumers must consider. For the past month, as part of their residencies at PAM, artists Thinh Nguyen and Skip Snow have been working on a piece of experimental, political theater that aims to confront this topic head on.

D-Centering Whiteness takes the form of a loosely structured, improvisational conversation between the two artists. It will be interrupted at random moments by a piece of software written by Snow, triggering them to give soliloquies to the audience. Throughout their dialogue, Nguyen and Snow will interrogate issues of hierarchy, power, domination, and visibility, as part of a difficult but necessary reconsideration of “white centrality.” As Snow told Hyperallergic, “We both know that we want to be brutal with each other.”

When: Saturday, April 15 & Sunday, April 16, 8:30pm ($5–10 suggested donation)
Where: PAM (5810 1/2 N Figueroa Street, Highland Park, Los Angeles)

More info here.

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