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A ongoing collaboration with the visual artist Shani Ha and her project EMBODY. The sculptures from the “Embody” series play with abstraction and metamorphose to incarnate complex shifting identities and interactions.

Organized in response to MAD’s exhibition fashion after Fashion, this two-hour durational performance program features new works by interdisciplinary artists, designers, and dancers whose projects navigate the intersections of fashion, sculpture, installation, and performance.

New works by Shani Ha, the duo of Chris Habana and Vincent Tiley, and Jade Yumang will be installed and activated by the artists and dancers on MAD’s seventh floor and within the Museum’s lobby. Inspired by the curatorial premise that the field of fashion today goes beyond the traditional constellation of runway shows and commoditiesto encompass an expanded set of conceptual projects and display strategies, these works investigate a deeper connection between the body, identity, and garments that can only be conveyed through the pairing of material and movement.

Presenting the intimate actions of getting dressed, personal transformation, and self-styling within the public space of the Museum, each performance will explore the role fashion plays in crafting identity and establishing interpersonal connections.

Shani Ha’s work will be performed by Mathilde Chapellière, Caroline Darty, Amélie Gaulier-Brody, Alycia Perrin-Rodriguez. The production of Shani Ha’s new sculptures is made possible thanks to a generous donation from Fairfield World.

Jade Yumang’s work will be performed by Alvaro Gonzalez Dupuy and Sara Jimenez.

Chris Habana and Vincent Tiley’s work will be performed by Jerome AB, Forrest Wu, and Ash Yergens.

Kinetic Intimacies is co-curated by Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, Curatorial Assistant and Project Manager, and Danny Orendorff, Manager of Public and Community Engagement Programs for the MAD Education Department.

Shani Ha’s practice questions identity, otherness, and togetherness through multiple mediums and at different scales. Her sculptural forms question social practices and representations through their relationship to intimacy, conviviality, and otherness. Her sculptures can be activated through experimentation, appropriation, and performance, either spontaneously or following a scenario. Metamorphosis, transformation, and collaboration are key to her practice. Ha, who is French Algerian, was born in Paris. She obtained her MFA in France in 2012, then moved to Brooklyn, New York, where she currently lives and works. Her work has been shown at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen; La FAI-AR, Marseille, for Marseille-Provence 2013; Journées du Patrimoine, Marseille; Parc de l’Hôtel de Ville de Fontenay-Sous-Bois; ESBA Le Mans; International Week of Architecture, Le Mans; Académie des Beaux-Arts, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; Kunsthalle Detroit; ArtHelix; and Eyebeam on Governors Island.

Earlier Event: April 14
HAM & Spring Movement Festival