Hector Canonge

Hector Canonge

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Performance Art work “APOLOGIA”

Hector Canonge performance

APOLOGIA evokes the artist’s relations with his Hispano American roots while revisiting traumatic events of his self-imposed exile while living in the United States. In APOLOGIA, Canonge continues his exploration of corporeal expression, body politics, and the poetics of identity. The three part-no intermissions performance integrates visuals elements, text, dance movement, and endurance in the “generative” style that characterizes Canonge’s Performance Art oeuvre.

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, cultural entrepreneur, and educator based in New York City. His work incorporates the use of new media technologies, cinematic narratives, performance, and socially engaged art to explore and treat issues related to constructions of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery or a museum, or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and ritualistic processes. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His installations, interactive platforms, and performance art work have been exhibited and presented in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia. Recent exhibitions and projects include (DE)SOLACION, French Institute Alliance Française, Cochabamba, Bolivia (2017), ARENALS, Arte21 Gallery, Miami (2016); SOMATOPIAS, Pleamar Festival de Arte Contemporáneo, Arequipa, Peru (2016); PLYGMA, Galería 80m2, Lima, Peru (2015). In 2015, his performance INTER/ACTIONS Program was featured at the 56th Venice Biennale. Other notable performance projects include: INCONNU, Festival of Performance Art Martinique; ANAMESA, Cell 63 Gallery, Berlin, Germany; TRANSNATIONAL, various countries in Latin America; SEMINAL, Public Interventions and Performance Network, Rome, Italy; TRANSPLANT, Epitelesis: Performance Art Program, National Academy of Fine Arts, Athens, Greece; TORINO, Intramurs: Festival de Arte Performance, Valencia, Spain. Canonge is the recipient of the Franklin Furnace Award Fund for his project LABORAL, and the Goethe Zentrum Award Commission for excellence with his project SIN FRONTERAS.

As cultural entrepreneur, Canonge created, and organizes independently the annual Contemporary Performance Art Festival NYC, ITINERANT. He started projects such as ARTerial ​PERFORMANCE LAB (APLAB), a transcontinental initiative to foster collaboration among performance artists from the Americas, PERFORMEANDO, a program that focuses on featuring Hispanic performance artists living in the USA and Europe, NEXUSURNEXUS a virtual platform for Live Action Art, and PERFORMAXIS, an international residency program in collaboration with galleries and art spaces in Latin America. Canonge teaches Media Arts Communication, and directs projects, programs and initiatives from MODULO 715 his new studio in Jackson Heights, Queens. In late 2015, he launched TALKaCTIVE: Performance Art Conversation Series, and the new Performance Art initiative LiVEART.US hosted at the Queens Museum and at other local public institutions. His work has been reviewed by New York Times, Art Forum,Art in America, Hispanic Magazine y Hyperallergic, where he appears as a notable figure in Contemporary Art and Performance Art. The artist is currently preparing a new body of work for future presentations in the United States, South America and Europe.

More information: www.hectorcanonge.net

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