This program includes a series of surprise performances by Emilý Æyer, Anthony Almendarez, Ivette Roman Roberto, and Jawwaad Taylor and talks with artist Elana Mann will take place over the course of the fall exhibition season. This series of performances is supported by Nameless Sound. Follow us on instagram.com/lawndaleartcenter to participate.
Featured image: Portrait of artist, actress, and activist Lili Bernard with her son, Joshua, and Elana Mann’s hands-up-don’t-shoot-horn. Bernard’s work exposes the post-colonial paradigm of suffering and resilience, through a collision of cruelty against compassion. The generational struggle of her Afro-Cuban immigrant family and Caribbean ancestors, coupled with her personal experiences as a rape and domestic violence survivor, informs her exploration of the impact of trauma and the unconquerable nature of the human spirit. (Photo credit: Jean-Paul Leonard)
Æyer is a vocalist, composer, and organizer who lives and creates in Houston, Texas. In their practice, they mesh a powerful and harrowing multi-octave voice with stark orchestral and electronic soundscapes, they create a portrait of their queer life and body striving to survive and thrive within an often-hostile Southern cultural landscape. Their original compositions and performances have been featured in several short films with collaborators Traci Lavois Thiebaud of Houston, TX and Maria Bang Espersen of Copenhagen, Denmark. Their film with Maria Bang Espersen, “A messy story about oak and,” has been screened at Glassell CORE shorts at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, QFest Houston 2019, the Danish National Autumn Exhibition: Kunstnernes Efterårsudstilling (KE19) at Den Frie Udstillingsbygning in Copenhagen, and was screened at the 58th annual Ann Arbor Film Festival.
Performances include Sitting on a Man’s Head in collaboration with MacArthur Fellow Okwui Okpokwasili Project Row Houses and a part of CounterCurrent19, Stonewall 50 Texas Noise & Ambience (2019) and Cell Lust | a body (2018) at the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Queering the Wheel at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Eternal 30, Everyone at Blaffer Museum, Nameless Sound at Lawndale Art Center and many others.
Elana Mann creates artwork that brings a greater consciousness to the listening and speaking we practice in everyday life, with the goal of building equanimity in ourselves and increasing equity in our world. Her artwork bridges sculpture, performance, community engagement, and politics. She is a recipient of the 2019 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award and a 2020 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellow. Mann was the 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator and the inaugural ceramics artist-in-residence at Pitzer College from 2017-2018.
Mann has presented her artwork in museums, galleries, and public spaces in the U.S, and abroad, most recently with solo exhibitions at Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), Commonwealth and Council (LA), and Baik Art (LA). Her artwork is part of public collections at the Getty Research Institute and the Center for Political Graphics, among others. In addition, Mann curates, collaborates, organizes, and writes. She co-edited, with John Burtle, the performance score anthology, “Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now?” (Golden Spike Press: 2018), with book events at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She lives in Southern California with her two children and partner, where she is a founding member of the Anti-Racist Committee of South Pasadena.