Unearthing: Performance with Kiyan Williams
Date & Time: June 2nd, 2017 at 7pm
Location: Project for Empty Space, 2 Gateway Center, Newark, New Jersey.
Project For Empty Space welcomes Newark native, Kiyan Williams to host a series of events based on their ongoing performance work, Unearthing. Unearthing is a multi-performer happening and installation that includes movement, storytelling, and live-singing to reimagine Blackness, gender, and personal history. A workshop will be held, May 27th from 1 – 3 pm, exploring gender through writing and movement, followed by the performance, Saturday June 2nd, from 7 – 9pm at the Project For Empty Space gallery.
Kiyan Williams (whose gender pronouns they/them/theirs) is a multidisciplinary artist and writer who explores Black queer subjectivity. They create performances, texts, objects, videos, sounds, and installations informed by autoethnography, archival research, and social practice.
They have performed/exhibited work across the country and internationally at venues including: Stanford University (CA), Dixon Place (NY), JACK Theater (NY), La Mama Experimental Theater Club (NY), SOMArts (CA), SFMOMA (CA), Orpheum Theater (Austria) and more.
Kiyan’s honors and awards for their work include the EMERGENYC fellowship at the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics at NYU, Destiny Arts Center artist residency (Oakland, CA), Create Dangerously writing fellowship at the Obie-winning JACK Theater (Brooklyn, NY), Astraea Foundation Global Arts Fund, Stanford Arts Award, Trans Justice Funding Project Award, and the Gates Millennium Scholarship. They earned a BA with honors in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity from Stanford University.
About GRAB BACK: PES Feminist Incubator Space:
GRAB BACK: PES Feminist Incubator Space is an impromptu series of short-term residencies, happenings, conversations, performances, and public discourses focusing on the empowerment and freedom of women. Prompted by mainstream attention to what has become a normalized climate of hyper-misogyny, rape-culture, and dehumanization of women, GRAB BACK is a means of cultivating productive and critical intersectional dialogue and response to a violence against humanity.
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