About the Event
“Just Another Shadie Bitch” (Epilogue): Plenty of Nothing is a live installation based on the repetition of a 20-minute score through the length of a workday in the service industry. This piece evokes George Gershwin’s 1935 opera Porgy and Bess to think of the relationship between dispossession and performative practices.
Plenty of Nothing appropriates the lyrics and the melody from the homonymous song in the aforementioned opera as the main theme of a vocal performance for an exhibition space almost empty. The score combines multiple textual references to create a monologue marked by tropes of spoken poetry, public addresses, and readings. This, to inquire for the possibility of sharing what in essence is not owned, that is, nothingness.
As the Epilogue of “Just Another Shadie Bitch” (a four-act project dwelling on the question of performance), this piece is preoccupied with the economic, social, and symbolic dispossession experienced by performers, who stop circulating their flesh and presence as a commodity. The nothing, of which this piece has plenty, is what remains in flesh after the fulfillment of material and symbolic extraction.
A work of love, a work of care, “Just Another Shadie Bitch” (Epilogue): Plenty of Nothing asks itself for the afterlife of performative practices and its impact on performing flesh (performers). This live installation probes the limits of language and vocal performance in relation to its site, creating a layered listening experience at the John M. O’Quinn Gallery of the Lawndale. Witnesses are encouraged to come at any time during the activation of the space and remain as long as they see suitable.
This project is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts
About the Artist
leo’s practice is focused on the intersection of philosophy, performance studies, and histories. Currently, leo is looking at traditional western European ceremonies, rituals, canonical media pieces, and the roles performed in them investigating the relationship between performance, aesthetics, and labor. leo studied Business Management, Arts and Design, and attended the School of Visual Arts Parque Lage in Brazil. In 2018, leo earned a MFA in New Media from the Universität der Künste Berlin (DE) and was awarded a fellowship for the CORE Program at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston (US), where leo is currently based.