Calendar: Performance 4 Ways: MY BODY, MY RULES

Event Description

Join us for a day of interdisciplinary performance focused around the group exhibition MY BODY, MY RULES, organized by PAMM Associate Curator Jennifer Inacio. The performances will highlight four artists' interpretation and expansion of exhibition themes that include women's authority, power over their own experiences, and mainstream ideals imposed on the image of the female body while highlighting the power of various performance formats to make this message clear. Artists Yanira Collado, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, Sandra Vivas, and Poorgrrrl will present performances, activations, and video throughout the day.

Schedule of Events

11am–6pm | Film: Side A by Poorgrrrl on loop in the Auditorium

11am–6pm | Interactive Installation: Zafa: Preserving the Oral History by Yanira Collado on the Terrace

12–12:45pm | Artists in Conversation: Jennifer Inacio, Coralina Rodriguez Meyer, and Sandra Vivas moderated by Marie Vickles
Can also be experienced virtually on YouTube Live

1:30–2pm | Performance: After Carmen by Sandra Vivas on the Terrace
Can also be experienced virtually on YouTube Live

3–5pm | Discussion and Workshop: Stitch n Bitch (Crip) by Coralina Rodriguez Meyer on the Terrace
RSVP for the onsite workshop

Side A by Poorgrrrl
A song about longing and missed opportunities Side-A is performed and recorded LIVE for this video. The studio recording can only be found on vinyl through Miami-based [NAME] Publications. Performed live by Tara Long and directed by Cristine Brache, the video is an unraveling of fetishized feminine narratives as depicted in mainstream media. An early gameshow rewarding the most pitiful story, a race for the best consumer, and a crooning mistress from what seems like another time come together in a dreamy montage revealing both the familiarity and toxicity of nostalgic notions of what it means or looks like to be 'a woman'.

Performed live. Studio version available through [NAME] Publications, Miami, FL.

Written and performed live by Tara Long & Andrew Byrd
Directed and edited | Cristine Brache
Produced by | Tara Long & Submerged
Director of Photography | Cristine Brache
Camera 2 | Brian Deutzman
Camera 3 | Alex Markow
Wardrobe | Lucy Burrows
Makeup | Tonee Alexis

Zafa: Preserving the Oral History by Yanira Collado
Zafa: Preserving the Oral History is an ongoing multi-faceted project documenting and preserving folklore through the oral tradition.

The Dominican Republic is a country affluent in religious, spiritual, folkloric traditions that include supernatural phenomena. These traditions make up cultural narratives that are deeply woven into the island's fabric of everyday life. The intersecting origins can be traced back to the Taino Indians, European presence, and African roots through the middle passage. 

The project is focused on five mythical deities detailed here. First, The Baca a creature created to protect the home and bring wealth by making a pact with the "devil." Second, El Cuco, a mythical creature designed to scare children into behaving. Third, El Galipote, the shapeshifter. Fourth, La Ciguapa, a long-haired female that lives in the mountainous forests. Her distinct backward feet make it impossible for most to track her down. Fifth, the myths of the Dominican Brujas ("witches"). 

The project, Zafa: Preserving the Oral History, proposes an archeological approach in documenting and researching through audio field recordings of various individuals including elders, farmers, community leaders, and spiritual guides in different geographic locations; Santiago de los Caballeros, Bonao, Jarabacoa, Sierra de Bahoruco, and Corea De Yeguas. The goal is to record and preserve these first and secondhand accounts that may be lost or forgotten if not properly archived. It is a way to further maintain these legacies for future generations.

Both the Dominican Brujas and Las Ciguapas are myths that help perpetuate social structures that classify women's sexuality or reposeful independence as inherently evil and otherworldliness. The temporary installation addresses these themes and is accompanied by an audio and visual account of these folkloric histories.

Zafa: Preserving the Oral History is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts. 


After Carmen by Sandra Vivas
After Carmen is a site-specific performance choreographed and performed by artist Sandra Vivas that aims to reinvent the mythical figure of the free-spirited Carmen. The performance and costume use images taken from Carnival practices in the Caribbean, European Dance Maccabres, and illustrations of doctors during the Plague in the Middle Ages.

Vivas, born in Caracas, earned her BFA from Universidad Central de Venezuela and an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Vivas is a video and performance artist with strong conceptual influences, questioning clichés about identity and the structure of power in relationships. Vivas works with multiple media: including drawing, painting, video, live performances, and most recently film. She has shown extensively in Venezuela and is recognized as one of the pioneers in the field of performance art as well as on feminism as a subject matter in her country of origin. Vivas has been living in Dominica, West Indies since 2009 and her work has been part of the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in 2015, 2016, and 2017. In 2016, Vivas made her debut as curator for the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival New Media event, showcasing experimental films by Venezuelan artists. ​

Stich n Bitch (Crip) by Coralina Rodriguez Meyer
Stitch n Bitch (Crip) invites the audience to perform their citizenship in art therapy, Arpillera making salon with local and national disability justice leaders. Artist Coralina Rodriguez Meyer hosts a two-hour quilt-making and solidarity-building session with participants featuring guest speakers from Victoria Dugger, Oaklee, Jaklin Romine and the Disability Independence Group where movement leaders are model citizens sharing their resistance practices, survival strategies, and coalition-building efforts in our intersectional community. Participants create a new Cunt Quilt arpillera during the interactive discussion. Quilters learn democratic debate in community organizing from speakers whose direct-action work dismantles structural violence within and beyond institutions, professions, and intimate social settings. Spanning public policy, navigating ableism, and mutual aid during the pandemic; the hosts lead a layered discussion about how mental, physical, and civic health is central to the survival of disabled people.

Homestead Everglades-born, Miami-based Colombian American artist Rodriguez Meyer translates her role as a Quipucamayoc (a community organizer, cultural historian, and urban designer) into American heirlooms that transcend the structural and intimate violence in colonial mythology. She engages vulnerable vecinos to perform their citizenship by rebuilding cities in their intersectional image. Rodriguez Meyer's audience collaborations transform digital media installations, documentary sculptures, and protest art into a humorous, accessible masterplan for survival called FEMILIA (City of Today for Feminine Urbanism). Raised queer between the rural US South and the Caribbean; Rodriguez Meyer weaves her Andino (Muisca-Inca), mixed-race, anchor baby heritage into environmental and social justice sanctuaries. FEMILIA was founded after Ferguson during the Great Recession in 2009, to propose intimate solutions for urban scale problems while she was building skyscrapers in NYC. Rodriguez Meyer is a mother and adjunct professor of Architecture, Landscape, Interiors, and Urban Design at FIU.