'STIGMA'-CARLOS FRANKLIN AND 'SOMEONE ELSE'-ABEL AZCONA IN NEW YORK
'STIGMA' a performance by Carlos Franklin at Abrons Arts Centre 22nd and 23rd of September Carlos Franklin is a Colombian born artist having worked with various formats include film, drawing, installation and performance.
Carlos is looking for people to share their experiences of stigma, having being affected by HIV and or Hepatitis C (in any way). Contributions involve having your experience recorded for audio; these can be anonymous or credited, though disguising of the voice will not be possible. I f your interested in sharing your experience you can send your audio file to email@example.com, or come to Abrons Art Centre the 22nd and the 23rd of September 2014 between 7pm - 9pm to record your shares. The Abrons Arts Center is located at 466 Grand Street, at the corner of Pitt Street, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. http://www.abronsartscenter.org/plan-your-visit/getting-here.html
A performance by ABEL AZCONA Spain
Thursday, September 25 // 6 pm
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Abel Azcona uses his body to illustrate personal experiences of abandonment, pain, and empathy. In Someone Else he shows us interpersonal relations, both sentimental and sexual, in which in a parallel way, true feelings, true love, or the true object of desire are all hidden. The artist shares different intimacies with different people, making the antagonist-guest the protagonist. He presents dreams that become true in the mind, but never in the actual body.
Abel Azcona is a Spanish interdisciplinary and performance artist. He creates cathartic works as a means of self knowledge and personal construction. Azcona’s artwork has been presented in various museums, contemporary art centers, and galleries worldwide. Synergetically autobiographical and critical, his work takes audiences into his inner world and invites them to share their own experiences. His themes are directly informed by his experiences as the child of a prostitute, and his passing through multiple children’s shelters, mental institutions, and foster homes, as well as adelescent episodes of drug use, prostitution, and several suicide attempts. The resillient artist assures the public that when he practices self-harm, it is his own choice to alter the shape of his body, as opposed to an abused child or woman who has no choice.