Maya Mackrandilal with collaborators Enid Muñoz, Bhanu Kapil and Udita Upadhyaya

BIO

Maya Mackrandilal is a transdisciplinary artist, writer, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles. Her artwork, shown recently in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York, imagines radical futures for women of color solidarity and liberation. Her writing, which has appeared in a variety of publications including The New Inquiry, contemptoary, and Sixty Inches from Center, focuses on issues of race, gender, and labor within the art world. She holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was a recipient of a Jacob K. Javits Fellowship. She received her BA in Studio Art with a minor in English from the University of Virginia, where she was awarded an Auspaugh post-baccalaurate fellowship.
Enid Muñoz is a Chicago based performer and writer. As a founding member of FEMelanin Collective she has the privilege of working with other women of color on a mission to share their own stories on their terms. Her work focuses on the Mexican American experience and immigration.

Udita Upadhyaya is an interdisciplinary artist who uses her body and the details of her medical, cultural, and social biography as her primary art material. Her work spans live art, devised theatre, performative photographs, sculpture, installation, video, writing, text, and fiber arts. Upadhyaya’s interdisciplinary education and subsequent professional practice across filmmaking, international relations, and market research informs her research and community based approach to creative practice. Most recently, Upadhyaya has performed and exhibited work at the, Villa Teresa Decorative Arts Museum, Links Hall, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, and she a solo show, nevernotmusic, at Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago. Upadhyaya lives and works between Chicago and Mumbai. http://www.uditaupadhyaya.com/

Bhanu Kapil is a British-Indian poet who lives and works in Colorado. She has published five books of poetry [not exactly poetry], most recently Ban en Banlieue (Nightboat Books, 2016).

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In-Session by Maya Mackrandilal with collaborators Udita Upadhyaya and Enid Muñoz and original performance for video by Bhanu Kapil

March, 2019

Maya Mackrandilal, Udita Upadhyaya and Enid Muñoz will present live performance that activates and responds to Schizophrene by Bhanu Kapil. The three will explore ritual, fragmentation of the body, earth as archive, and the affective costs of migration. The work questions the social constructs of borders within the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and class. The performance will incorporate video work created by Bhanu Kapil featuring her reading selections from the text. In the following discussion portion of the event, Mackrandilal, Upadhyaya, and Muñoz will explore their personal experiences as brown women, in particular the positions of privilege and precariousness of non-black identity within the imagination of US dominant culture in an era of escalating xenophobia and the rise of global white ethno-nationalism.

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