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2021 AIR Open Studios
November 13, 2021|3:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Open Studios are an opportunity to witness the artistic practices and generative endeavors of this extraordinary group of artists working at intersections of arts and social justice. These trailblazing artists are the first cohort of Artists in Residence at BAX since 2019. This presentation also marks the first in-person, indoor event BAX has produced since its closure due to Covid.
Timing and Space Details
BAX AIR Open Studios will occur on Saturday, November 13, 2021 at Dancewave, a community partner providing us with a physically accessible space in which to gather. We are grateful to Dancewave for their collaboration. Each artist will have their own allotted hour for sharing their work with audiences, communities, and collaborators.
We plan to live-stream 3 of the 4 performances through the remote access RSVP option on Eventbrite. Andrea Ambam’s performance share will not be live-streamed.
Please note the theater will be emptied and cleaned between each show.
- 3:00pm (Shenny show 1 with Q&A)
- 4:45pm (Yo-Yo show 2 with Q&A)
- 6:30pm (Andrea show 3 with Q&A)
- 8:15pm (Jessie show 4 with Q&A)
Please note that we will be following Dancewave’s COVID-19 Guidelines and BAX’s COVID-19 Guidelines and those present will be asked to do the same. This includes required “proof of COVID-19 vaccination and valid identification upon entering the facility for all staff, interns, volunteers and patrons” and the wearing of “a mask securely over their nose and mouth.”
The Dancewave Center is a ground-floor studio space at 182 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217.
The 1,400 square foot Dancewave Center studio is a fully ADA compliant and LEED-gold certified facility.
Questions or access needs? Email: email@example.com.
About the Artist: Shenny de Los Angeles
Shenny de Los Angeles is a Dominican-American interdisciplinary performance artist. Shenny strives to tell the difficult truths of people who have been erased from history, centralizing Black Dominican femmes in her work because they are often misrepresented or forgotten. Her stories focus on healing generational trauma, inviting every hurt to free itself into joy.
About the Artist: Yo-Yo Lin
Yo-Yo Lin (she/ they) is a Taiwanese-American, interdisciplinary artist who explores the possibilities for self-knowledge in the context of emerging, embodied technologies. She often uses video, animation, live performance, and sound to create meditative ‘memoryscapes.’ Her recent body of work reveals and re-values the complex realities of living with invisibilized chronic illness and intergenerational trauma
About the Artist: Andrea Ambam
Andrea Ambam (she/her) is a Brooklyn-based performance artist and playwright whose roots sprout from Cameroon. As a politically engaged storyteller who interrogates the art’s potential for movement building and transformative justice, Andrea pulsates at the intersection of performance and truth-telling— creating theatrical experiences where Black identity fills, overwhelms, and disrupts the center; and where justice, that is denied by the state, can be reimagined and rehearsed in the body. Her current work is rooted in an artistic vision to investigate and modernize “anti-lynching plays” and often features the manipulation of time, poetic text, and ethnographic material as a form of political reclamation.
About the Artist: Jessie Young
Jessie Young is a Brooklyn-based choreographer, performer and teacher originally from Port Angeles, WA.
Young crafts choreography as a poetic provocation, viewing dance as a form that must constantly redefine itself in relation to shifting sensorial, emotional, political, and cultural circumstances. She choreographically directs conditions of exploration that render themselves as dances, collages, photographs, sound scores and pedagogical structures. The felt sense of her body in relationship to landscapes, imagery, and poetic associations drives Young’s work forward. Her aesthetic is informed by her upbringing in the Pacific Northwest, by the foggy collisions between familial loss and magical thinking that she experienced there. In this way, her work is oceanic, but not about the ocean; the work is of, rather than about, this geography. Young’s artistic practice is emboldened by feminist tradition and its engagement with the grotesque and deeply personal.
BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange is a multigenerational arts organization nurturing creative expression and artistic process through education, residencies, and performance at the intersection of arts and social justice.