Perejil | Jonathan González
As part of our focus exhibition Entre/Between, we invite you to come experience Perejil by artist Jonathan González.
Part installation, part performance, González will transform the RØDE House into a site for durational performance and video from February 1 to February 12. Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, come visit the RØDE House to witness the live duet performance. The RØDE House will be open for viewing during gallery hours, allowing you to explore the installation when performances are not happening.
Free, no tickets required. Drop by anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Interested in learning more about the installation and the story behind it? González will be presenting a lecture on the work, its themes, and the story behind it all on February 3 at Crystal Bridges.
In 1937, Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo ordered the deaths of Haitians and Dominicans of Haitian descent along the two nations’ borders. Over the course of five to eight days, 12,000 to 35,000 were killed based on how they pronounced the word “perejil,” or “parsley” in Spanish, and how their pronunciation of the “r” gave away their Haitian Kreyol mother tongue. González’s durational duet for two—one performer and a body of parsley-mycelial bricks—reflect on this massacre as performers construct and dismantle a brick wall into a river formation almost endlessly, coupled by speech acts that reflect on this historical wound which continues to impact the physical and psychological borders between Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Euro-American acts of intervention. Composing an immersive environment that weaves sound, projection, sculpture, and performance, Perejil seeks to provide a space for visitors to contemplate these independent and geographically interconnected Latin American nations with bonded Afro-Latin diasporic heritages and diasporic futures in a globalized present.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Jonathan González facilitates their work through the entity studio:cero. González’s pedagogical investments and creative practice are situated at the intersections of performance, with an attention to the interrelations of insurgent aesthetics, political economy, black study and embodiment. González‘s creative works unfold as performance for text and choreography, video art, sonic soundscapes, and platforms for collaborative study, arts advocacy, lecture and curation. These works are activated within the sites of theatrical spaces, galleries and museums, virtual spaces, and printed matter.
Their pedagogy extends from their creative practice, adapting methods of ethnography, lecture and gathering to engender experimentation towards otherwise modalities of collaboration, representation and political education. González’s writings have been published by EAR | WAVE | EVENT, Dance/NYC, Regiones:CENTRAL, Movement Research Journal, Contemporaryand, The Creative Independent, Contact Quarterly, Cultured Magazine, deem journal, Angela’s Pulse, among others. They have been a recipient of fellowships from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Art Matters Foundation as well as a resident-artist with the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Maggie Allesee National Center for Choreography, Dance and Process: The Kitchen, Trinidad Performance Institute, Center for Afro-futurist Studies and Loghaven Artist Residency.
Rena Anakwe, Soundscape Composer
Rena Anakwe is an interdisciplinary artist, performer, poet and healer working primarily with sound, visuals, and scent. Exploring intersections between traditional healing practices, spirituality, and performance, she creates works focused on sensory-based, experiential interactions using creative technology.
Most recently, she was awarded a 2022 Art Matters Artist2Artist Fellowship, a 2021-2022 MacDowell Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Arts, a 2022 Jack Nusbaum Artist Residency at BAM and the 2021 Canadian Women Artists’ Award from NYFA & the CWC of New York. Currently her solo and collaborative work can be experienced at: The Guggenheim Museum and SCAD Museum of Art. Rena has collaborated, produced, and shown work at (select list): The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Basilica Hudson, TFNA (Theatre for a New Audience), Park Avenue Armory/NY Live Arts, En Garde Arts/Brookfield Place, Weeksville Heritage Center and the Dia Foundation.
She is based in Brooklyn, New York, by way of Nigeria and Canada.
LaJuné McMillian, Motion Capture Technologist
LaJuné McMillian is a Multidisciplinary Artist, and Educator creating art that integrates performance, extended reality, and physical computing to question our contemporary forms of communication. They are passionate about discovering, learning, manifesting, and stewarding spaces for liberated Black Realities and the Black Imagination. LaJune believes in making by diving into, navigating, critiquing, and breaking systems and technologies that uphold systemic injustices to decommodify our bodies, undo our indoctrination, and make room for different ways of being. LaJuné has had the opportunity to show and speak about their work at Pioneer Works, National Sawdust, Tribeca Film Festival, and Times Square. They have continued their research on Blackness, movement, and technology during residencies and fellowships at the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, Eyebeam, Pioneer Works, NYU ITP, Barbarian Group, and Barnard College.
Grace Jung, Bio-art Set Designer
Grace Jung is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, and educator devoted to collective healing through the process of world-building. She engages in the symbiotic interplay of diverse beings to co-create new worlds, collaborating with fungi, plants, scientists, architects, and engineers. The materiality of her work is born of a regenerative process that involves working in tandem with original biomaterials, mycelium, algae, and discarded objects to create new forms that are living. Her practice manifests in sculptural, installational, and experiential moments that bring forth the inherent interconnectivity that flows through all bodies. The parallel cultivation of relationships across scales raises questions of what it is to be alive and grow together.
Grace studied Art Practice and Economics at UC Berkeley and completed independent research in bio-design at Central Saint Martins. She continues to engage in work that rewilds urban ecosystems through the Research and Design Fellowship at Terreform ONE, where she is now a Design Strategist.
This event is a part of our focus exhibition Entre/Between, a multi-sited exhibition presenting works that speak to Latinx histories living within and between the United States. Surveying a visual history from 1851 to the present, the exhibition consists of paintings, photos, sculpture, works on paper, and video exhibited at Crystal Bridges, while video works and performances will be featured at the Momentary.
Entre/Between is sponsored by Phillips.