Hector Canonge

Location: Queens, New York, USA

Project Description: CLANDESTINO is a public performance consisting of a series of actions in relation to people’s migrations around the world. Using cooking ingredients that characterize different ethnic groups that have made Queens their new home, artist, Hector Canonge, will position himself as explorer and story teller around the circumference of the Unisphere. As he “”circumnavigates”" the four corners of the steel globe, he will invite visitors to participate in the performance.

Short Biography in relation to the artist’s performance work:

Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates the use of New-media technologies, physical environments, cinematic and performative narratives. He explores and treats issues related to construction 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, Canonge’s 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 performances have been presented at Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of Art, Topaz Dance & Gallery Space, NY Studio Gallery, Y Gallery, Crossing Art Gallery, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Surreal Estate, IATI, Cadwell College, Low Lives 02 Networked Performance Festival, and Grace Exhibition Space among others. He organizes the performance art festival ITINERANT.

Canonge has been commissioned by the NYC Department of Transportation, The Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Artists Unite, Association of Hispanic Arts (AHA), and has received funding awards from NYSCA, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council -MCAF Program, and JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He recently launched the alternative arts space, GAYLERIA, dedicated to feature Queer Art by LGBT artists. Exhibitions to his credit include ABSENCE at the Partnership Gallery -Queens Museum of Art, BABEL at Space 37, FRAMING AIDS for Queens Media Arts Development, and Queering Bodies for VISUAL AIDS. He curates and organizes the monthly artists’ program A-LAB Forum at Crossing Art Gallery, and directs the monthly independent film series CINEMAROSA. His work has been reviewed by the The New York Times, ART FORUM, New York Daily News, Manhattan Times, Queens Chronicle, by major networks ABC, NBC, CNN, CBS, UNIVISION, etc., and by online art publications such as NYRemezcla, Turbulence, and ART CARDS Review among others. Canonge recently launched “”Olla Común / Communal Pot,”" a collaborative gastro-socio-performative event at BRAC on the Bloc @ Bronx Art Space, and represented the United States at AMBER’11 Art and Technology Festival in Istanbul, Turkey.

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