SUBORDINATE TISSUE

SUBORDINATE TISSUE 4

Inspired by sociologist Erving Goffman’s exploration of the ‘ritualization of subordination’ (Gender Advertisements, 1976), FAFSWAG present Subordinate Tissue, a new performance proposing the articulation of the body as a text. In this work, the collective examine social classification of ‘feminine’ as subordinate to cultural definitions of ‘masculine’, introducing a new ritualization around the public presentation of gender, and resisting with force the colonial imperative of white, heteronormative and gendered subordination.

Title | Subordinate Tissue
ARTIST | Akashi Fisi’inaua, Pati Solomona Tyrell, Tanu Gago (FAFSWAG)
Medium | Performance
Duration | Durational (60 Minutes)

SUBORDINATE TISSUE 1

In a geopolitical repositioning of gender norms as presented through the proliferation of modern western gender imperatives, we know from lived experience that presenting divergent notions of these coded gender constructs within a public space directly compromises and threatens the stability of traditional gendered power structures. This manifest through the often violent and aggressive social outcasting of neutrally coded or nonconforming bodies from public space. In Aotearoa it is queer indigenous identities namely Māori and Pacific communities disproportionally affected by these acts of violence and body reform.

It is in this precarious liminal space where presupposed colonial power is compromised that the work ‘Subordinate Tissue’ is staged. The militarization of the body as mechanism for self defence and protection, symbolically attempts to introduce a new ritualisation around the public presentation of gender, resisting with force the colonial imperative of white, heteronormative cisgendered subordination.

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LIVE DURATIONAL PERFORMANCE

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Acts of Passage
18 – 27 May 2018
Silo 6, Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
Daily from 11am – 5pm

OPENING: 5:30 – 7:30pm, Thursday 17 May 2018 add to calendar

Albert Ashton (Aotearoa NZ) // FAFSWAG (Aotearoa NZ) // Ayrson Heráclito (BR) //
Kitso Lynn Lelliott (BW/ZA) // Antonio Paucar (PER-DE) //
Rosanna Raymond (Aotearoa NZ)

Artistic Director Gabriela Salgado, and Executive Director Hiraani Himona, invite you to attend the opening of Acts of Passage, Te Tuhi’s winter offsite exhibition. The exhibition also included a number of live performance from 24-26 May.


Live Performances

Albert Ashton, Te Hikoi
5:30pm, Thursday 17 May 2018

Te Hīkoi is a spiritual walk through the Silos, from the entrance by ’Te au o te moana’, traversing the exhibition spaces and culminating at the entrance. Te Hīkoi will acknowledge the passage between the Pacific and Aotearoa and through Te moana Nui a kiwi/Pacific Ocean.

Antonio Paucar, Memories from inside
5:30pm, Thursday 17 May & 11 am-5 pm, Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 May 2018
35 minutes
15-20 participants only at each performance, first come first serve

The performance Memories from inside employs play and ritual practices from the Andes to explore sensorial poetics and their relationship with bodily and spatial memory. The performance starts when participants cover their eyes with blindfolds within a space designed to reactivate the senses of hearing, smell and touch.

At the end of the performance participants are encouraged to write or draw their experience in a sheet of paper. Such records will become the sole documentation of an otherwise phenomenological, ephemeral experience.

FAFSWAG, Subordinate Tissue
5:30 – 7pm, Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 May 2018

Performer: Akashi Fisi’inaua,
Choreography and conceptualisation: Pati Solomona Tyrell and Tanu Gago

Inspired by sociologist Erving Goffman’s exploration of the ‘ritualization of subordination’ (Gender Advertisements, 1976), FAFSWAG present Subordinate Tissue, a new performance proposing the articulation of the body as a text. In this work, the collective examine social classification of ‘feminine’ as subordinate to cultural definitions of ‘masculine’, introducing a new ritualization around the public presentation of gender, and resisting with force the colonial imperative of white, heteronormative and gendered subordination.

Rosanna Raymond, Ia TuKu
5:30-7pm, Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 May 2018
10-15 minutes
Parental guidance (contains nudity and implied violence)

Acti.VA.tor: Rosanna Raymond
BloodSound bed: Jaimie Waititi

Performed around her installation Fa’amu’umu’umamatane aka Tropic Thunder as an actiVAtion of the artwork, Raymond’s Ia TuKu is a response to the USA military presence in the Pacific, which continues to affect the sovereignty of American Samoa and Hawaii. Originally brought into Samoa from Hawaii by missionaries to ‘clothe the heathen naked body’, the mu’umu’u constitutes a pervasive dress code in the Pacific region. Through shedding the garment, Raymond attempts to reclaim her own mana and sovereignty.

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