Rhine Bernardino, Philippines
Rhine’s work focuses on the use of body in performance art, coupled with the exploration of the use of video and photography not just as a form of documentation, but also an integral part of the creation process. Her practice often revolves around the concept of human endurance in performance art, with performance’s heightened emphasis on presence and process. She emphasizes the human body as both artifact and mechanism: an object to be observed, investigated and experimented on, and the body as means of expression through interactions with others.
Philip Huang, Bay Area
Philip Huang is the founder of the Home Theater Festival and the author of A Pornography of Grief.
Xandra Ibarra & Sophia Wang, Bay Area
Xandra Ibarra is an Oakland-based performance artist from the El Paso/Juarez border who performs and works under the alias of La Chica Boom. Ibarra uses hyperbolized modes of racialization and sexualization to test the boundaries between her own body and coloniality, compulsory whiteness, and Mexicanidad. Her practice integrates performance, sex acts, and burlesque with video, photography, and objects. Throughout her multiple works, she teeters between abjection and joy and problematizes the borders between proper and improper racial, gender, and queer subject.
Sophia Wang creates and performs movement-based works in collaboration with dancers, writers, and visual and sound artists. She has performed and presented her works at the Berkeley Art Museum, YBCA, ATA, the Lab, and LoBot. A founding member of the Brontez Purnell Dance Company, she has co-developed and performed works for the Garage, Counterpulse, Temescal Arts Center, KUNST-STOFF arts, and the Montreal Pop Festival. Artist-choreographers she has danced for include Xandra Ibarra/La Chica Boom, Hentyle Yapp, Amara Tabor-Smith, Tino Sehgal, and Jérôme Bel. Her practice includes improvised sound and movement scores with Bay Area experimental musicians and dancers, and an ongoing film and movement collaboration with Oakland-based artist tooth (Black Hole Cinematheque). She holds a PhD in English from UC Berkeley.
César Martínez, Mexico City
César Martinez (Mexico, 1962) makes sculptures out of edible materials to be consumed by the public during his performances, evoking collective anthropophagic rituals and updating the millennial traditions of pre-Colombian sacrifices into a reflection on consumption and contemporary economic crisis. He has exhibited and performed around the world, most recently in the Thessaloniki Biennial.
Sofia Moreno, Chicago
Sofia Moreno was born and raised in Coahuila, Mexico. In 1994, she immigrated to the United States and lived in Dallas, Texas until moving to Chicago, where she currently lives and works. A multimedia artist whose subjects include expressions of the sacred and profane, the body, sexuality, religion and socio-political issues within contemporary culture, Moreno is currently working on the follow up to her six-year project, P o r n A g a i n. “I’m interested in the essence of the body rather than the form itself. I paint a sexually and spiritually confused youth.”
José Santiago Pérez, Chicago
José Santiago Pérez is a Chicago and SF Bay Area-based multidisciplinary artist. He works within and across movement, performance installation, performance-based sculpture, and fiber-based objects. Pérez received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, an MA from San Francisco State University, and a BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
Charles L. Rice, Chicago
Charles graduated from Arizona State University in 2011 with a BFA and was awarded a JurorsFirst Choice Award for his video To My Mom and Dad. He graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. He has presented work at Sullivan Gallery (Collaboration with Lindsey Whittle), Mana Contemporary, Harry Wood Gallery, and Gallery 100.
Minji Sohn, Bay Area
Based in San Francisco, Sohn graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in 2012, and received her MFA from California College of the Arts in May 2015. The obsessive, repetitive nature of her practice illustrates an attempt to control and the inherent failure that exists within this attempt. Through performance, installation, and object making, Sohn visualizes the dilemmas between order and chaos, pleasure and pain, and sincerity and cynicism. She has exhibited at the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco, Right Window in San Francisco, Bass and Reiner Gallery in San Francisco, and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.
Jadelynn Stahl, Bay Area
Jadelynn Stahl is a radical, interdisciplinary performance artist, activist and organizer. Fusing elements of durational art, video, ritual and burlesque, her work seeks to centralize and complicate socially prevalent narratives concerning systemic cultures of violence, in particular gender-based violence and forced assimilation. Stahl offers her body as a site of artistic investigation, exploring somatic and psychological expression in relation to legacies of trauma as well as cultural, racial and sexual identities. Stahl holds degrees from the University of Colorado, Boulder (BFA) and the California Institute of Integral Studies (MA). Her artistic work has been shown both domestically and internationally in several museums, festivals and performance venues.
Princess VuVu, Third Moon of Tritonia
Princess VuVu/Marcelle Marais is a multifaceted artist working in the mediums of painting, film, music and performance. She immigrated to the United States from South Africa when she was eighteen and moved to San Francisco in 2004. She attended San Francisco Art Institute, graduating with a BFA in Painting in 2010 after which she played bass in the heavy metal band, Cardinal Wyrm until 2013. Since then she has made work that is provocative, demonic, psychologically enthralling, ethereal and at times endearing. At the core of each creation, is a portrait of the artist whose heart and life experiences seek to connect with the universal sufferings, sacrifices, loves, and passions of the human experience.