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Celebrating the resourcefulness of artists, the unique chemistry of any pairing and the magic that can happen when creative minds collide, CAJ COLLAB stems from a desire to lower the stakes of making, and to rediscover play, exchange, spontaneity and quick collaboration.
This special edition of CAJ COLLAB invites artists Nando Messias and Rebecca Bellantoni to collaborate and create together.
About Nando Messias
Nando Messias' work straddles performance art, dance and theatre. His performances combine beautiful images with a fierce critique of gender, visibility and violence. Nando has performed at prestigious venues such as Hayward Gallery, V&A, Tate Britain, Roundhouse, Royal Vauxhall Tavern and ICA, among other spaces across the UK and internationally.
As well as a practitioner, Nando is movement director for Theo Adams Company and a researcher of queer theory and performance. Nando’s publications include Sissy that Walk: The Sissy’s Progress in Queer Dramaturgies (Palgave Macmillan) and visibility: Performance and Activism in Performing Interdiscisplinarity (Routledge), Injurious Acts: A Struggle With Sissy in Performance (Choros International Dance Journal) and Bibi is a Sissy: Drag, Death by Silence and the Journey to Self-Determination from Brazil to Britain (Bloomsbury).
Nando’s solo work has been curated by the Live Art Development Agency as part of the programme Just Like a Woman, shown in the City of Women Festival in Ljubljana (2013), New York and London (2015).
In 2015/16 Nando completed a national tour of The Sissy’s Progress to much acclaim and press interest, followed by a tour of Shoot the Sissy to prestigious LGBTQ festivals and venues across the UK in 2017. Death and the Sissy, the closing performance of his sissy series, was presented in 2017 in London.
About Rebecca Bellantoni
Rebecca Bellantoni is a London based artist who mines everyday occurrences and abstracts them. Investigating, through the lens of metaphysics, comparative theology, philosophy, religion and spirituality and the aesthetics of them. She gently prises apart the concept of the accepted/expected ‘real' and the experiential ‘real'; looking at how these removed borders may offer meditative experiences and portals to self, collective reasoning and healing thought.
Her current research project C.R.Y: Concrete Regenerative Yearnings, thinks about the city and its materials in relation to the psyche, soul and body of the city dwelling person.
Her practice is wide ranging and encompasses video, performance, photography, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, writing and sound-text.
Recent works have been presented at/with Somerset House (Rowdy SS), Den Stroom, The Hague (Languid Hands), V&A Lates(Rowdy SS) , Ravens Row, PUBLICs, Helsinki (Adelaide Bannerman) Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Art Night London (Nikki Agency) and Goldsmiths Library (Present Futures). She has recently been awarded the AN artists bursary for 2020.
Age Recommendation: 16+
Please Note: Due to the nature of CAJ COLLAB we will not know the contents of the show until the performance.
About CAJ COLLAB
CAJ COLLAB is produced and facilitated by Michael Kitchin and Eve Veglio-White and has hosted a variety of artists from different disciplines. Previous iterations have taken place at Poplar Union, Tate Modern for Block Universe 2019 and Dance Reading Festival. Previous artists have included Fernanda Munoz-Newsome, Eva O’Connor, Jemima Foxtrot, Akeim Toussaint Buck, Lewys Holt, Zia Ahmed, Stephanie McMann, Suren Seneviratne AKA My Panda Shall Fly, Lindsey Mendick, Eleanor Sikorski, Amy Morvell, Oren Shoesmith, Anuradha Chaturvedi Seth and Amy Barton.
Venue: at The Place
This event is part of Spring Season 2020