Sunday Service: Miguel Gutierrez Presents… Bryanna Bradley, Camilo Godoy, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, and xtian w
Miguel Gutierrez hosts the final Sunday Service of the season on December 9th, where invited artists Bryanna Bradley, Camilo Godoy, Evelyn Sanchez Narvaez, and xtian w will respond to ideas around ancestry.
Gutierrez offers the following prompt to the artists: “I have been thinking about “ancestry,” which I see as a kind of fascination for many artists, particularly trans and POC peeps. I’m wondering about how people are contending with the past to forge a future. Is this a tension for you or not? How do you think of the concept of ancestry? How do tethers to the past make space for the future for you?”
About the Curator
Miguel Gutierrez lives in Brooklyn, NY. He creates dance-based performances, music and poetry that focus on desire, identity and the search for meaning. His work has been presented in venues such as Centre National de Danse, Centre Pompidou, ImPulsTanz, Fringe Arts, Walker Art Center, TBA/PICA, MCA Chicago, New York Live Arts, Live Arts Bard, American Realness, and the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has received support from Creative Capital, MAP, National Dance Project, and Jerome Foundation. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, United States Artists, New York Foundation for the Arts, Tides Foundation and an award from Foundation for Contemporary Art. He is a 2016 Doris Duke Artist and he has received four NY Dance and Performance Bessie Awards. He recently created a commission for Ballet de Lorraine in Nancy, France. He runs LANDING, an educational initiative at Gibney and his book When You Rise Up is available from 53rd State Press. His upcoming piece, This Bridge Called My Ass, premieres in January 2019.
About the Artists
Bryanna Bradley is a Queens native and a body-based broad. In July 2016, Bradley participated in the Improv Traditions & Innovations Program at The School at Jacob’s Pillow under the tutelage of Jawole Willa Jo Zollar (Urban Bush Women). That same summer she was a Black Girl Spectrum (BGS) on Tour participant with award-winning choreographer Camille A. Brown. In May 2017, Bradley premiered her dance work buck:an exploration of black masculinity in Nick Cave’s exhibit ‘Unti’ at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), the largest contemporary art museum in the U.S. Bradley made her theatrical debut in October 2017 as a guest actor and choreographer at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts(MCLA) Theatre production of Passing Strange. She has performed for other artists like choreographer Mersiha Mesihoivc/Circuit Debris, dream-pop band Arc Iris, and Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges. Bradley was a 2018 LANDING program participant at Gibney led by Miguel Gutierrez and spends her days laughing at her own sense of humor.
Camilo Godoy is an artist whose practice is concerned with the construction of political meanings and histories. His work engages with conceptual, photographic, and choreographic strategies to negotiate questions that confront the politics of citizenship, imperialism and sexuality. He was born in Bogotá, Colombia and is based in New York, United States. He is a graduate of The New School with a BFA from Parsons School of Design, 2012; and a BA from Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts, 2013. Godoy was recently a 2017 Artist-in-Residence, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP); and 2015-2017 Artist-in-Residence, Movement Research. His work has been presented in public space as a billboard in New York and at venues such as Instituto Cervantes, New York; La MaMa Galleria, New York; Donaufestival, Krems; and Mousonturm, Frankfurt; among others. Godoy is currently in Session at Recess and has a solo exhibition in February 2019 at CUE in New York.
Sun/moon Evelyn is a complicated happy child allowing herself to feel. They are grounded by healing, being messy, collaging, style & adornment, soil, salty & sweet waters, spirits, traditions, incense, story, vulnerability, rigor AND are currently being challenged by Abby Z and the New Utility, Jill Sigman, Miguel Gutierrez, Gibney, and the shadows of her past. Evelyn shows gratitude to the lineage of Warrior (womb)yn they come from by continuing to live in laughter (a privilege few get to practice).
xtian w is a non binary trans femme writer and performer. Their poems and essays appear in [PANK], No, Dear, VIDA, Bone Bouquet, Jaded Ibis, and Hematopoiesis Press, among others. Current creative—life interests include Medusa, hysteria, Trans sensorialities, weaving and braiding, coriander, ancestry, gut bacteria, ghazals, list poems, friendship beyond heteronormativity, boundaries, and houseplants. An Aquarius sun/ Capricorn moon/ Virgo rising, xtian is an MFA candidate in Poetry at NYU and paints their nails in Brooklyn.
About Sunday Service
Taking place the first Sunday of each month, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of cross-disciplinary performances and presentations that brings together a multiplicity of views around a singular prompt, such as a question, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service centers works in progress, interdisciplinary endeavors, and diversity in format showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster the testing of ideas and critical discourse amongst peers.
Sunday Service is programmed by Stephanie Acosta and Alexis Wilkinson, Knockdown Center’s Director of Exhibitions and Live Art.