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Marissa Perel

Marissa PerelPhoto by: Madeline Best

Mission Statement

Marissa Perel is an artist and writer based in New York. She draws from the polemics of identity and representation to create compositional models for interdisciplinary work including performance, installation, criticism and curatorial projects. Perel is currently an AIR at Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX), where she is making solo and collaborative performance on subjects including choreography and disability, crip time and queerness, power and access, and pain and desire. She often uses collaboration as a platform for the exchange of disciplines, working methods and discourses with choreographers, composers and visual artists. Perel orchestrates an immersive world of text, objects, dance and video to transmit personal and societal conflict. Her materials are cathected objects, cues that connect an immediate physical and psychic state to past events. Her work has been shown at numerous galleries, theaters and performance spaces in the U.S. and abroad. Recent performances and exhibitions include the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, the Chocolate Factory Theater, and Roulette Intermedia (NY), Konstfack (Sweden), FringeArts (Philadelphia) Medium Gallery (Slovakia).

Program Statement

Perel asks, “How do we move across space and time with respect to our collected histories?” Her essays, reviews, experimental prose and interviews engage this question at the convergence of the fields of contemporary art and performance. She originated the column, “Gimme Shelter: Performance Now” for Art21 Magazine and edited Critical Correspondence, the on-line dance and performance journal of Movement Research. She also pursues this question in her curatorial work, seeking to bring visibility to a multitude of forms and discourses. She has curated performances, panels and talks at such venues as the New Museum, New York Live Arts, the Aux Performance Space at Vox Populi gallery where she served as Curatorial Fellow, and with Pew Foundation funded projects “Trisha Brown: In The New Body” and “Action Is Primary.”

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