Camilo Godoy, Choreographic Studies (Julianne, Yolette, Troy), 2015-2022 (detail). Courtesy the artist
Experience a work-in-progress performance by Camilo Godoy, the New Museum’s Artist-in-Residence, during an evening of rehearsal and dialogue. Godoy and collaborating dancers will present short sections of their new work, renacemos a cada instante, interspersed with responses and discussion from scholar Luis Rincón Alba and dance writer Siobhan Burke, as well as questions from and interaction with the audience. Weaving conversation about dance histories and Latin American cultural practices into the rehearsal, this evening will inform Godoy’s development of a new performance work as part of his residency at the New Museum, which will be presented on February 24 and 29, 2024. Performing with Godoy will be dancers Reginald Thomas Brown, Iliana Penichet-Ramírez, and Gabriel Reyes, and cellist Sasha Ono.
Godoy’s performance-in-progress explores movement, breathing, and mourning practices. Its title is borrowed from an embroidered work made by the queer Paraguayan artist Feliciano Centurión in 1995, the year before he died of complications related to AIDS. Godoy adjusts Centurión’s title Renazco a cada instante (I am reborn at every moment) to “renacemos a cada instante” (we are reborn at every moment) to emphasize collective celebrations of life and death.
This residency draws on Godoy’s Choreographic Studies, a personal archive and a constellation of collaged images that represent the human body performing gestures of eroticism, ecstasy, grief, and pain. Godoy sources the images from historical archives, art history, pornography, and medical materials. He intersperses them with photographs of himself and other dancers rehearsing and arranges the images in sequences of evocative poses that he treats as dance notations. Taken together, this archive presents an alternate history of emotional life, surfacing queer experiences of death, intimacy, and sexual expression.
Learn more about “Camilo Godoy: renacemos a cada instante,” the New Museum’s 2023-2024 artist-in-residence, here.
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Camilo Godoy (b. Bogotá, Colombia; he/him) is a New York-based artist whose practice spans photography, performance, pedagogy, and archival production. Godoy has participated in residencies at Movement Research, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), coleção moraes-barbosa, Recess, and SOLARIS; and has been exhibited in New York at Brooklyn Museum, Leslie-Lohman Museum, OCDChinatown, PROXYCO Gallery; and Museo de Arte Moderno, Bogotá; Moody Center, Houston; UNSW Galleries, Sydney; Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Quito; among others. He has performed at Danspace Project, Movement Research at the Judson Church, Center for Performance Research, Toronto Biennial, and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm.
Luis Rincón Alba (b. 1984, Colombia; he/him) is an artist and scholar whose research focuses on the political and social potential of festive practices in the Caribbean and Latin America. He delves into the history of rebellion and insurrection during the colonial period and investigates how this history informs and shapes contemporary artistic practices. As an artist, Rincón Alba draws from historical materials and practices that he has encountered in his native Colombia and in his travels around the Caribbean and the Americas. He works across various mediums to convey the unspoken lineages of rebellion that continue through festive practice. His performance work and installations have been exhibited at Hannah Traore Gallery and the Clemente. He is also an Assistant Professor at NYU Tisch School of the Arts.
Siobhan Burke (b. 1986, Northampton, MA; she/her) is a writer in New York City. Her work is informed by her background as a dancer. Since 2013 she has been a dance critic for the New York Times and a contributing writer for Dance Magazine. She has written for Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, Cultured, Harper’s Bazaar, Open Space, the Village Voice, and other publications. She was a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and received a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.
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