Tatiana Istomina, Susan Kuo, Laura Henriksen and Amanda Nedhammoderated by Miriam Atkin
The night will consist of four acts of aesthetic conjury--
Two of the artists will invoke historical events of femicide. Tatiana Istomina will share her conceptual artist's book (just released by Pinsapo and available to buy at the event) which recreates a memoir by Hélène Rytman, wife of French philosopher Louis Althusser, whom he strangled to death in 1980. Amanda Nedham will read from a project about Dian Fossey, the primatologist who was found brutally murdered in her bed in 1985. Weaving text with visual materials to transmit the experiences of these women, Amanda and Tatiana reanimate two figures whose formidable minds were wiped out in acts of murderous violence.
We'll also hear from Laura Henriksen, whose poems investigate the binary between life and death, experimenting with its porousness.
And Susan Kuo, avant garde vocalist and pianist, who will play with the phantom qualities of liminal soundscapes.
The show will be two hours long, with the first half consisting of performances and the second half devoted to a free-form discussion between all four participants about art, violence, death and reanimation. ~ This event is organized by Pinsapo, a web of tightly or loosely connected people living here and abroad who configure themselves in different ways at different times to help with the creation and publicization of homeless art works. This event is funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.