for the sake of dancing in the street
4757 York Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90042
Saturday, June 3 at 6:00 PM 9:00 PM
Ends Jul 29, 2023
Co-presented and curated by OXY ARTS and LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) and Yasmine Nasser Diaz. What tools are adequate to confront the forceful patriarchal power structures that continue to control femme and nonbinary bodies every day, across the world? Do we fight power with more power? Or can we dance our way towards revolution? These questions inform the movements that are documented, amplified, and called into existence through the works in these rooms. Movements that use movement as a liberatory practice emerge as a through-line between public and private space, and articulate the inseparability of individual battles for personal freedoms from collective struggles for justice and bodily autonomy. These movements use disruption, joy and irreverence as critical tactics, along the way reclaiming sensuality and questioning the limits of cultural approval. for the sake of dancing in the street invites us to witness and wonder what is possible when bodies that have been subject to control transform themselves into tools of resistance and empowerment. The body is centered as a site of simultaneous realities; from powerful and gentle, to humiliated and resilient, both subject and object, yet neither strictly feminine nor masculine. Through forceful collective presence and potent, but often private, individual action, these works explore the potential to invoke change and destabilize existing patriarchal power structures around the world. Although these artists’ works emerge from various geographical and cultural contexts, the layers of their influence reverberate back and forth. Histories, chants, and safety tactics get shared through zines, online, through apps, through whispers and shouts. These works celebrate the interconnectedness of feminist and queer resistance across time and space. Their shared aims towards liberation, bodily autonomy, and reframing oppressive histories and structures, form an intertwining constellation and create new lineages of possibility. Artists: LASTESIS Morehshin Allahyari Yasmine Nasser Diaz Ava Ansari Caitlin Abadir-Mullally Entangled Roots Press Geochicas Raja Bella Hicks Related Programming All events are free and open to the public. June 3, 6 - 9pm Opening Reception | Press preview, 5pm Original dance performance by TCS at 6:30 and 8pm DJ set by Carol Ohair June 22, 7-10pm Workshop: Social Media for Social Justice Facilitated by Mandy Harris Williams / Feminist Center for Creative Work (FCCW) July 8 Dance Workshop - 1pm Performance - 6pm Algerian Raï dance workshop and performance led by Esraa Warda July 20, 6pm Joyland - Film Screening Curated by Womxn in Windows July 27, 6pm Selected Shorts - Film Screening Curated by Womxn in Windows July 29, 6pm Poetry Reading Facilitated by TQR Exhibition and programming made possible with generous support from the Mellon Foundation, the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts and the Wilhelm Family Foundation.