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April 2017                                                                                                                                    
Photo Hector Canonge Performance MAKHANAS at Defibrillator Gallery Chicago USA May 2016

April 2017 (Fort de France, Martinique) - Hector Canonge is currently in Martinique as guest artist in the  Festival International d’Art Performance Art, FIAP 2017. For the first edition of the festival, Canonge will present two new works, participate in a public intervention in the south of the island, and engage in conversation with French dance-art critic, Gérard Mayen. The program, organized and curated by Annabel Guérédrat and Henri Tauliaut will take place at various cultural venues in Fort de France. Upon this return to New York City, Canonge will be working on the curatorial selection process of ITINERANT, the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival NYC to take place in the 5 boroughs in New York City (May 13-21).

 

April 17 - 23
Festival International d’Art Performance Art, FIAP 2017
Thursday, April 19, 3:00 PM: INCONNU (Desconocido) will premiere at the historical Bibliothèque Schoelcher on Thursday, April 19.  The work is based on Frantz Fanon "Peau noire, masques blancs" (Black Skins, White Masks), and Albert Camus "L'Étranger" (The Strange).


Friday, April 20, 3:00 PM: round table discussion with French critic Gérard Mayen, academics and guest curators from national and international institutions.


Saturday, April 21, 9:00 PM: TROPICALISMUS,  inspired by his first visit to the region, Canonge explores the notions of the exotic and the appropriations of corporal dystopias. will take place on Saturday, April 22 at the Hôtel l'Impératrice after the round table discussion with curators and art critics on Friday, April 21.

 

March 2017                                                                                                                                     >> enter site

Photo of Hector Canonge, Performance LABORAL, Paul Robeson Galleries, Express Newark, Rutgers University, February 2017

March 2017 (New York City) - After successful presentations during New York City Art Week, Hector Canonge will premier “DE LO POSIBLE (Of Possibilities)” a new collaboration piece with Veronica Peña at Triskelion Arts (March 16 and 19). Canonge will perform his “Angelic Conversations” in the exhibition Phos Hilaron: From the Masses Rise the Saints at Chinatown Soup Gallery (March 22) with guest collaborator, Arantxa Araujo, and participate in Susana Cook’s new play at La Mama (March 24 - April 2).

 

The artist will also present his new multimedia performance “Goodbye Dreams” in the INVERSE Performance Art Festival in Arkansas (March 30 - April 2).

 

Canonge's initiative TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series will be hosted at the Queens Museum (March 19). In the upcoming weeks he will start the curatorial selection process of ITINERANT, the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival to take place in the 5 boroughs in New York City (May 13 - 21).

 
February 2017                                                                                                                                    >> enter site
photo Hector Canonge Performance Alteridades UNAM Mexico July 2016

February 2017 (New York City) - Hector Canonge returned to the U.S. after presenting new projects and collaborations in Argentina, Brazil, and Bolivia.  This month the artist will be presenting in Newark, New Jersey, his Franklin Furnace Award Fund Interdisciplinary Performance Art project LABoRAL, and in New York City his independent Performance Art initiative, LiVEART.US. The artist will also be appearing in a number of selected sites around the city with his public intervention and socially engaged concept project AMERICANISMUS.

 

Organized by the Paul Robeson Galleries at Rutgers University, LABoRAL will be premiered in New Jersey at Express Newark on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 PM.  The five-hour durational performance project reflects on the present position of labor relations, and migration politics in the United States. LABoRAL had its premiere presentation in NYC in December 2016 at the Glasshouse Project in Brooklyn. For its presentation at Express Newark, the artist will perform a shorter version of the multidisciplinary work. Hosted at the QUEENS MUSEUM, Canonge’s independent initiative, LiVEART.US will present “Performance and Subversion” on Sunday, February 26, 2 - 5 PM. Performance artists and activists featured in the event will present new works focusing on the current political climate in the United States.

 

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Hector Canonge photo of MAKHANAS Installation and Performance at Defibrillator Gallery Chicago USA

December 2016 (New York City) - After exhibiting a series of works for collectors during Miami Art Week early this month, Hector Canonge, will present new projects in Chicago and New York City. As guest artist, Canonge will premiere (December 10th) the documentation of his Public Performance and Intervention SHEDDING at the Sullivan Galleries of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, SAIC, in the program Collective Becoming: Expressions of Love, Freedom, and Resistance, curated by Veronica Peña.

 

The artist's new exhibition project, TEMPORAL, presented at the International Biennial for Contemporary Art, SIART 2016, will be featured in the program Aquaisms  (December 16) at Long Island Academy of Music.  On December 20th, the artist will present his Franklin Furnace Award project, LABoRAL. The durational work will be introduced at Glasshouse Project in Brooklyn, New York City.  Continuing with the implementation of his independent programs, Canonge will feature local and international artists in his programs TALKaCTIVE: performance art conversation series at Queens Museum (December 17th) and CENTIPEDE: Performance Art Series at JACK, Brooklyn (December 18th).

 

 
November 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site
Photo Hector Canonge, performance Melankholia, Triskelion Arts, November 2016

November 2016 (Brooklyn, New York City) Hector Canonge will premier works in New York City and at the Contemporary Art Biennial SIART in Bolivia, South America. The artist's dancel performance, "MELANKHOLIA," will be presented in the program COLLABFEST 2016 at Triskelion Arts in New York City Friday, November 4th. The new work, with musical composition by Sound Artist, Gregory Paul, is a multidisciplinary performance informed by Butoh dance and electronic acoustics. MELANKHOLIA is a performance that treats experiences of alienation, estrangement, and adaptation. Loosely based on a short story written by Canonge about his father's self imposed exile in Latin America, the piece is an allegory of self preservation, courage, and tenacity.

 

The artist's immersive performative installation "TEMPORAL" is currently on view in the Bienal Internacional de Arte, SIART, in La Paz Bolivia. TEMPORAL gathers Live Action recorded in the northern glacial in Iceland and the largest river sand dunes in the Bolivian Amazonian region. The installation also includes interactive platforms that allows users to experience geographical shifts and temporal GPS locations.

 

Continuing with his independent initiatives in NYC, Canonge will present PERFORMANX at the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Nov. 16, 7-10 PM) featuring new and collaborative works with local an international artists, and CENTIPEDE the new Performance Art Series at JACK in Brooklyn on Sunday, Nov. 13, 8:00 PM.

 
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Picture of Hector Canonge, performance Semillas Urbanas, Bushwick Open Studios, October 2016

October 2016 (Brooklyn, New York City) Hector Canonge participates as guest artist of Spread Art in Bushwick Open Studios this month. The artist will introduce his new work "Semillas Urbanas" (Urban Seeds) as a way to explore the growing and ever evolving concerns about men's relation with nature. During the 45 min. performance, the artist unveils various states of possible connections using materials such as charcoal, dried pumpkins, and yarn to evoke moments of dis/comfort.

 

From October 12th to 13th, the artist's will be presenting work produced in collaboration with Veronica Peña. The work, denominated "UNDER OUR SKIN: Body and Territory in Performance Art" is an exhibition composed of video projections with a selection of the ephemera from their in-situ performance De Lo Ajeno ( Of others). The event took place in the Patti and Rusty Rueff Galleries, Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts at Purdue University.

 
September 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site
Photo: Hector Canonge Anima Mullada Performance Pittsburg June 2016

Septembert 2016 (Zurich, Switzerland) - Hector Canonge will present new work as invited artist for MANIFESTA 11, The European Biennial for Contemporary Art, in Zurich Switzerland. After completing the production, and exhibition of solo shows, and the presentation of new works in Performance Art in various countries in South America (Mexico as invited artist by the UNAM, Chile as director of the project APLAB, Argentina with “Impulsos Performagráphikos,” and Bolivia as guest artist for Centro de la Cultural Plurinacional) the artist was selected to participate in MANIFESTA 11 with his project "B-EAT-ING-OTHER-NESS.”

 

In the spirit of 100 years of Cabaret Voltaire and the Dadaist movement, Canonge’s new work is an exploration of and experimentation with the body as instrument for social and ethnic constructions. The project includes the use of popular elements and a number of selected participants from the field of health, science, and cultural studies.

 

Continuing with his work, Canonge returns to New York City for the season premiere of his independent initiative LiVEART.US presenting the program Transformations” on September 17th at the Queens Museum, and for the presentation of his solo performance “TRAUM(A)” to be featured on September 25th as the inaugural event for the new performance series CENTIPEDE at JACK in Brooklyn. “TRAUM(A)” is the product of his reflections and explorations of his return and encounter with almost forgotten episodes of his childhood in South America: the resonance of the last dictatorial regimes in the region, the imposed exile, and the inadequacies of origin explored in this five part multidisciplinary performance.

 
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Hector Canonge photo Ensueños Public Intervention Plaza de la Independencia Mendoza Argentina

August 2016 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - Hector Canonge completed the production and presentation of “Impulsos Performagráphikos” through the collective ARTerial PERFORMANCE LAB, APLAB, his independent transcontinental initiative for performance artists in the Americas. The project took place in various Latin American cities among them Santiago and Valparaiso in Chile, and Mendoza, Cordoba and Buenos Aires in Argentina.

 

APLAB: Impulsos Performagráphikos included the participation of more than 15 artists from Latin America, Europe and the United States with the collaboration of local institutions, artists collectives, and the support of state and city universities. Before embarking in the itinerant program, Canonge also presented the APLAB program "Temporal Incidence / Continuous Dissidence” (Incidencias Temporales / Disidencias Continuas)” with performances, workshops, and talks in the X Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Santiago, Chile.

 

Continuing with his work, Canonge will visit Bolivia for the inauguration is his photographic exhibition “TROLOPOGIAS” at Arte 21 SCZ (August 11 - 23). The artist will also be presenting his performance project “ALTERIDADES” at Centro de la Cultural Plurinacional in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (August 12), and the ongoing performance “TRAUM(A)” at the art center Proyecto Martadero (August 16 - 20). The artist will return to the United States to continue work at his MODULO 715 in New York City in late August.

 
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Photo Hector Canonge Performance Faenas Urbanas Artspace Mexico July 2016

July 2016 (Santiago, Chile) - Hector Canonge recently completed the production of new body of work as visiting guest artist of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, UNAM, (National Autonomous University of Mexico) exhibiting, presenting performances, conducting workshops and talks at various galleries, institutions, and cultural spaces among them Galerías de la Antigua Academia de San Carlos, ArtSpace Mexico, Espacio 553, and Live Art Mexico.  While in residency at Casa Viva, the artist also participated in public interventions for the program Flexus at Iglesia de la Santísima, and a commissioned performance at Exconvento del Bosque de los Leones organized by Biosfera Experimental. Continuing his work in Latin America, Canonge will present work in the following countries:

 

Chile: Santiago and Valparaiso; Argentina: Mendoza, Cordoba and Buenos Aires; and Bolivia: Santa Cruz de la Sierra and Cochabamba.  In Santiago, he will introduce his independent transcontinental initiative ARTerial PERFORMANCE LAB, APLAB, in a program for the X Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (July 17 - 23). In Valparaiso, Canonge will be joined by a group of artists from the collective El CUBO to initiate a series of presentations, workshops, and talks under the program “IMPULSOS PERFORMAGRAPHIKOS” (July 24 - 27).

 

Argentina (July 28 - August 10): The artist will visit the cities of Mendoza and Cordoba where he will work with local artists who will accompany him in the trajectory ending in Buenos Aires with presentations in the capital city at Puesto 68 Mercado de San Juan y en San Fernando at Zona Imaginaria.

 

Bolivia, Canonge will open his photographic exhibition “TROLOPOGIAS” at Arte 21 SCZ (August 11 - 23) and will present a new performance project “ALTERIDADES” at Centro de la Cultural Plurinacional in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra (August 12).  In Cochabamba, the artist continues with the presentation of his ongoing series “TRAUM(A)” at the cultural center Proyecto Martadero (August 16 - 20). The artist will return to the United States to continue work at his MODULO 715 in late August.

 
June 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site
Hector Canonge In Profundus Project Exhibition and Performance at No Longer Empty Jameco Exhibition May 2016

June 2016 (New York City, USA) - Hector Canonge continues with the presentation of new works in the United States before leaving for Mexico and South America for the summer months. In Pittsburgh (June 10 - 11) the artist participates in Bunker Projects’ third annual Performance Art Festival, PAF’16 with the new work ANIMA MULLADA (Wet Soul). In New York City, Canonge presents OIKOS performance of his social engagement project A Home of Our Own as part of his artistic residency at Residency Unlimited, RU (June 14).

 

Coinciding with Pride Month in NYC, he introduces a selection of works by artists in the special program for LiVEART.US Queerin’ Bodies hosted at the QUEENS MUSEUM, and in the spirit of diversity and public actions, new works by artists from the series PERFORMEANDO at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (June 18).

 

Canonge’s site-responsive installation and performance documentation of his project, IN PROFUNDUS, commissioned by NO LONGER EMPTY for the Jameco Exchange Exhibition program curated by Rachele Gugerberger is on view until July 17, 2016 in Jamaica, Queens, NYC.

 

Following the completion of his commitments in the US, and as visiting artist of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, UNAM, (National Autonomous University of Mexico) Canonge travels to Mexico to present new body of work, conduct workshops, and lead conversation panels with local institutions, artists and students at various museums, galleries, and art spaces (June 21 - July 10).  Later in the month, Canonge continues to South America where he is organizing the ARTerial PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB) program for the X Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics in Santiago, Chile (July 17 - 23).

 

Following the X Encuentro, Canonge will be on tour with Latin American artists in the project IMPULSOS PERFORMAGRAPHIKOS to be hosted and presented by local organizations of various cities: Valparaiso, Chile, and Mendoza, Cordoba, Buenos Aires, Argentina (July 24 - August 15).

 

May 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site

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Hector Canonge photo of MAKHANAS Installation and Performance at Defibrillator Gallery Chicago USA

May 2016 (New York City, USA) - Hector Canonge is backNew York City to continue with presentations, programs and exhibitions at various galleries and cultural art institutions. Canonge spent sometime in Chicago as resident artist at Defibrillator Gallery where he presented new work, gave an artist talk and conducted workshops. Coinciding with Frieze New York and NADA Art Fairs, Canonge will be presenting work in the upcoming weeks: "ASSERTIONS" in Performance Anxietyat Gallery Sensei (May 5), the collaboration pieces with artist Veronica Peña, "DE LO AJENO (Of Others)" in EO Arts Performance Art Series at Rabbithole (May 13), and "DE LO LEJANO (Of The Distant)" at Panoply Performance Laboratory (May 20), "(RE)VISITING THE MASCULINE" (May 14), "ABRASIONS OF THE SOUL" in Trauma Saloon at PPL (May 26), and special presentation of his new installation and live performance "DI PROFUNDIS" as invited artist in the Jameco Exchange Exhibition program organized by the organiztion No Longer Empty (May 21 - July 21).

 

The artist continues with the presentation of the independent initiatives: TALKaCTIVE: performance art conversation series hosted at Queens Museum (May 21) featuring artists from the program THREAD organized by Thomas Albrecht, and LiVEART.US (May 28) featuring live public performance interventions (May 28) in the program "Performance & Activism."

Hector Canonge photo of objects from project MAKHANAS Installation and Performance at Defibrillator Gallery Chicago USA

Details:
May 5, 2016, 8:00 PM

ASSERTIONS

Performance Anxiety

Gallery Sensei

208 Bowery Street, New York, NY


May 13, 2016, 7:00 PM

DE LO AJENO (Of Others)

Collaboration with Veronica Peña

EO Arts Performance Art Series

Rabbithole

33 Washington Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

May 14, 2016, 8:00 PM

(RE)VISITING THE MASCULINE

Ming's Space

1717 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY

 

May 20, 2016, 7:00 PM

DE LO LEJANO (Of The Distant)

Collaboration with Veronica Peña

Performancy Forum

Panoply Performance Lab

104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

May 21, 2016, 12:00 PM

DI PROFUNDIS

Jamaco Exchange Exhibition

No Longer Empty

165 Street and Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica, NY

 

May 26, 2016, 7:00 PM

ABRASIONS OF THE SOUL

Trauma Saloon

Panoply Performance Lab

104 Meserole Street, Brooklyn, NY

 

April 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site

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Hector Canonge, Studio Registry, NYC, NY, 2015

April 2016 (New York City, USA) - After completing presentations and portfolio reviews during last month’s NYC Art Fairs, HECTOR CANONGE will be presenting new works at various venues. In New York City, Canonge will feature works at : cloyingparlor (April 8), Panoply Performance Laboratory (April 14), PEN Literary Mews Festival (April 29), and in Chicago at Defibrillator where he will be in residence (April 20 - 29) .  Canonge also continues organizing the independent Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum (April 16). The artist is at work with his new Socially Engaged Art project “A Home of Our Own” sponsored as resident artist at Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NYC.Residency Unlimited in Brooklyn, NYC.

About the works:

TAUTOLOGY of DREAMS and NIGHTMARES
April 8, 2016, 8:00 PM

cloying PARLOR

309 Jefferson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

New performance art work explores the contradictions embedded in the subconscious process of creation. Between awareness and unfamiliarity resides the experience of Self and Other of the Here and There of Confinement and Freedom. Created specifically for cloying PARLOR, Canonge's new work is a step into the artist's most inner fears and joys.

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Hector Canonge, SUR, 2013, Copenhagen, Denmark

TALE del SUR

April 14, 8:00 PM

Panoply Performance Laboratory: Performancy Forum

104 Meserole Street in Brooklyn, NY.

Account narrative about Canonge’s emblematic work “SUR.”  The artist reconstruct the experience through a live performative lecture where Self and Identity are questioned and reconstructed in a sequence of episodes that match the original score of the work.

LiVEART.US

April 16, 4:30 PM

Hosted at Queens Museum, Unisphere Gallery

NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

The new performance art program initiated by Canonge continues this month with guest artist from various countries.  The afternoon presentations will feature works under the theme “Corporeal Boundaries.” Canonge will present a special collaboration piece with Japanese sound artist Nao Nishihara.

 

CHICANERIAS

April 20 - 27, Resident Artist

April 23, 7:00 PM, Performance & Installation: “Makhanas” 

April 25 - 27, Conversations & Workshops

DEFIBRILLATOR

1463 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago

As part of Canonge’s residency program at Chicago’s well known performance space, Defibrillator, the artist will conduct workshops, conversations, and present the durational performance “Makhanas" in the program LIGHT | SOUND | BODY | MACHINE organized by Sara Zalek.  “Makhanas,” from the Greek word for machines, has a universal sound in other languages particularly in Spanish spoken in South America. The word “Macanas” (phonetically the same as makhanas) signifies or alludes to weapons, phalluses, whips, and to things that might be considered nuisance, rubbish, nonsense, a bad job or a boring conversation.  The play of words and the durational actions executed over a period of time at the gallery evoke multiple symbolic transcultural meanings.

 

POLARITIES

April 29,

PEN Literary Mews Festival

New York University, NYC, NY

A multidisciplinary performance that explores human displacement and the traumas inherent in people’s migratory experiences. Hector Canonge’s new work evokes personal accounts and stories related to the assimilation, (de)culturization, and (up​)rootedness faced by migrants over the world.  Through performative narratives, body movement, and texts written by the artist, POLARITIES formulates a rich sensorial experience prompting audiences to reflect on the physical and psychological conditions of transcontinental migrations across borders.

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Hector Canonge, Tautologies, Promotional Photograph, 2016. Photo by A. Norema

Brief Biography:

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration.  Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes.  Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His work has been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He also started projects such as ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge is the co-founder of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, NYC. As curator, he has organized exhibitions at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS.  He started the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and created the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA.  Canonge’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, and New York Foundation for the Arts’ bulletin NYFA News.

 

Canonge teaches Media Arts and Technology at City University of New York, and directs his projects, programs and initiatives among them: CONVIVIR, the international residency program at MODULO 715, his new space in Jackson Heights, Queens; TALKaCTIVE: Performance Arte Conversation Series, the monthly program hosted at the Queens Museum; PERFORMEANDO, the performance art program that focuses on featuring works by latino/a artists in the USA, and the new initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and other local public institutions.

 

February 2016                                                                                                                                             >> enter site

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Hector Canonge Arenals Exhibition Arte21 Santa Cruz Bolivia

February  2016 (New York City-USA) - HECTOR CANONGE closes his two solo exhibitions in Bolivia: “Tropologías” at Casa de la Cultura, La Paz (February 20) and “Arenals” at Arte21 Gallery, Santa Cruz de la Sierra  (February 15) with artist talks delivered from his studio in New York City.

 

In the United States: the artist willl launch the new program LiVEART.US at Queens Museum (Feb. 20), and begin working on his Social Practice & Performance Art based project A HOME OF OUR OWN in the Bronx as a RU Residency Unlimited & Casita Maria resident artist. In England: Canonge will be participating as a guest speaker in the Alternative Document Symposium at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, and will show his video installation in the exhibition for the symposium at Project Space Plus at University of Lincoln.


About the works:

TROPOLOGÍAS

Closing February 22,  Museo Casa de la Cultura, La Paz, Bolivia.

Solo exhibition based on Canonge's trip to his father's homeland in Catalonia where he photographed small found objects, and created narratives using Concrete Poetry. The exhibit also includes video installations that refers to the various territories explored in the region.


ARENALS

Closing February 15, Arte21 Galería, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.

Commissioned project by the FCBCB explores the dunes of the Pirai River, one of the largest in the Amazonian region in Bolivia.  The exhibition incorporates footage of Canonge's incursion in the river, photography, in-situ installations, and video documentation.

Hector Canonge Artist In Residence at RU Residence Unlimited and Casita Maria

A HOME OF OUR OWN
February 3 - April 30, 2016
RU Residency Unlimited & Casita Maria Residency Program, USA.
A multidisciplinary arts project where Social Practice and Performance Art converge to create individual introspection, stronger family relations, and understanding of community building.  Canonge will work with participants from Casita Maria's after school program and the community of Hunts Point in the Bronx.  The project is sponsored by RU Residency and Casita Marita. The 3-month residency is made possible with support from the Dedalus Foundation and funding from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).
More information.

Hector Canonge Itinerant Performance Art Festival NYC 2015

LiVEART.US
February - June, 2016
Premiere: Saturday, February 20, 3 PM, Queens Museum, NYC, USA.
A new initiative focusing on Live Art follows and complements the monthly series TALKaCTIVE: performance art conversations initiated by the artist last September. The program's main objective is to further support the creation and presentation of new works in Performance Art and its various manifestations in an environment suitable for reflection and dialogue. Participating artists are selected on an ongoing basis. More information.

 

“WORDS (and) REPETITION (as) DOCUMENTATION (in) PERFORMANCE ART”
Alternative Document Symposium

February 12 - 15, 2016
Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, England.
Performative lecture exploring two non-visual practices for documentation:The written word, its use, and appropriation to transcribe actions, and the execution of a performance art piece. And The Repetition of a number of works despite the traditional ‘one time,’ ephemeral consideration that performances are said to have. The lecture/performance contains various examples of the artist’s work supported by written documentation that will be narrated to audiences. In addition, there will be a screening of the performance SUR presented (repeatedly) in various cities in the USA, Europe and Latin America.

 

αφορά (AFORÁ)
February 13 - March 30, 2016
Project Space Plus, University of Lincoln, England.
Video installation that explores the notion of the memento, the memory, the souvenir (recuerdo in Spanish) of the moment(s) created by a performance. The instances created by a performance leave sensory imprints not just for the audience, but also for the artist. On the one hand, the ephemeral actions provoke a reaction (instinctual or reasoned) on part of the observers, and instances of reflection on the part of the creator. The memento that witnesses take from a performance degrades over time due to the very nature of human experience. However, and despite the point of view of the mechanical device recording the action(s), what the performance artist has as testament of the work is not an elusive memory, but an actual image that can be reproduced physically and accessed at any given moment.

 

Fall 2015                                                                                                                                                      >> enter site

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Hector Canonge Transplant Athens Greece
“Transplant”, presented by epitelesis - P. A. F. , Athens, Greece. Photo: Andreas Pashias.  Copyright © Canonge, 2015

September 2015 (NYC - USA) - After working for several months in Europe and Latin America, HECTOR CANONGE, returned to New York City in early September to continue with his artistic projects and launch new initiatives this Fall. Starting in September, the artist will be working on the implementation of “TALKaCTIVE,” a monthly conversation series about performance hosted at the Queens Museum, and as part of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, new programing ventures. Beginning in October, Canonge will host “CONVIVIR,” an international arts residency program in his new space in Jackson Heights, Queens. For November, he brings back to the city “ITINERANT,” the annual festival for Live Action Art to take place in the five boroughs among them the Bronx Museum of the Arts (Bronx), Queens Museum (Queens), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), Glasshouse Project (Brooklyn), and 67 Space in Manhattan.

 

For Fall 2015 the artist is also scheduled to travel to Colombia to participate in the International Festival of Cultures representing the United States (November 3 – 10), to Peru for the opening of his solo exhibition “SOMATOPIAS” (December 3 – 30), and to Argentina (December 20 – 23) to meet with Latin American artists, members of his collective ARTerial Performance Lab, in preparation for the Hemispheric Encuentro in 2016.

Hector Canonge European projects 2015

Top left to right: Selected works in Germany, Spain, and Greece. Copyright © Canonge, 2015.

In Europe, the artist organized and presented “PERFORMEANDO” a program that centers on featuring Hispanic, Latin, Latina/o performance artist living outside of their homeland (Berlin, May 2015), he was a guest artist for a special presentation of the international festival Intramurs (Valencia, June 2015), and was invited by the program epitelesis - P. A. F. to introduce “TRANSPLANT,” performed at the Arts Academy and at ASFF BB (Athens, June 2015).  Canonge later moved to Italy where he presented the series “DISENTANGLEMENTS” (Naples) and in collaboration with a street musician found in Piazza del Popolo he created the public intervention “SEMINAL” (Rome).  To conclude his journey, the artist intervened Piazza San Marco with his piece “LUXSAVAGE” (Venice) and was invited for a special presentation program at the American Pavillion during the Venice Biennale.

In South America, Canonge was featured in various programs: In Perú, as guest artist in the Encuentro: espacio abierto a libre performance presenting his work in various cultural centers and independent galleries (Lima, July 2015), as featured artist for Construye Collective to present “DESANUDANDO,” and to give lectures and workshops at Alliance Française (Arequipa, July 2015). In Argentina, Canonge  introduced his work at the Escuela de Bellas Artes de Quilmes (Buenos Aires, August 2015). In Bolivia, he inaugurated his solo exhibition “CORPOREALIDAD,” at La Gallerie, a project sponsored by MACSCZ, CIT Foundation, and Alianza Francesa LP (La Paz, August 2015). Before returning to the United States, the artist organized “AKTIVAGANTE” a regional festival of Live Action Art working with local artists at various cultural art centers sponsored by FSI Patino, CC Oriental, CCF Rodriguez, and Ministerio de Culturas Bolivia (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, August 2015).

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Top left to right: Selected works in Italy, Argentina, Peru, and Bolivia. Copyright © Canonge, 2015.

Upcoming presentations and programs:

 

- September 18: PURGA, durational performance, The Sphynx Returns, Grace Exhibition Space,NYC.

- September 27: TALKaCTIVE, perfomance art conversation series, Queens Museum.

- October 1: CONVIVIR, launching of international residency program, Queens, NYC.

- October 3: TRIANGULATIONS, public intervention at Manuel de Dios Unanue Plaza, JH, Queens.

- October 5 - 10: REVERSIBLE, encuentro de arte acción, Bogota, Colombia.

- October 13: LABOR, discussion group leader, NYC Creative Salon.

- October 17: TALKaCTIVE, perfomance art conversation series, Queens Museum.

- October 27 - 31: ARTICULAT, Festival de Performance, Valencia, Spain.

 

- November 12 - 21: ITINERANT Performance Art Festival NYC, various locations, NYC.

 

- December 3 - 30: SOMATOPIAS, Solo Exhibition, Arequipa, Peru.

 

- December 12: TALKaCTIVE, performance art conversation series, Queens Museum.

 

- December 12: UNWINDING, Diverse Universe Performance Festival, Gowanus Ballroom.

 

Brief Biography:

 

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator and cultural entrepreneur based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, Live Action Art, and Social Practice to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, psychogeography, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His work has been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

 

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge started projects such as ARTerial Performance Lab (APLAB), an initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. He created, and organizes independently the annual Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT.

 

Canonge is the co-founder of QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non-profit arts organization in Queens, NYC. As curator, he has organized exhibitions at Centro Cultural Santa Cruz, Queens Museum, Space 37 Gallery, and Visual AIDS. He started the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and created the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA. Canonge’s work has been reviewed by The New York Times, ART FORUM, Art in America, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Hispanic Magazine; by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and online by Art Experience NYC, Hyperallergic, Turbulence, Art Card Review, and New York Foundation for the Arts’ bulletin NYFA News.

 

Contact:  

email: hector@hectorcanonge.net

cellphone:: +1.917.446.4472

 

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