In the Gallery
May 11 – June 7, 2019
Special Performance and Reception: May 11, 2 – 4 pm
Activ/ist chronicles a series of ambulatory, activist and action-oriented projects based in Manhattan’s Lower East Side: a senior-citizen-led storytelling walking tour group a.k.a. “Moving Stories,” the migration celebration of the “LES Citizens Parade,” a cheerleading squad of senior citizens called the “Silver Sirens” that champions healthcare, gender and age discrimination and the on-going training lessons of martial arts Master Poa Shen Wong. This work will be shared in an exhibition of photo, text and performance at the Women’s Studio Workshop. Showcasing the cheers and the choreographed movements that accompany these projects to allow audiences step-by-step guidance – and a model for resilience. The most resilient long-time residents take things one step farther – literally by stepping, by moving, and by strengthening their activist selves .
About the Artist: Artist, athlete, and activator Laura Nova generates site-specific action-oriented projects which invite participatory energies of neighbors and strangers alike, particularly within the urban landscapes of older adult and migrant communities. She uses cardio, comedy and cooking to create activ/ist audiences who, in turn, reveal and preserve stories of both people and places. Nova has shown her work at national and international venues, including the New Museum’s IdeasCity Festival, the River to River Festival, the Brooklyn Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Real Art Ways, Substation Gallery in Johannesburg, South Africa and the National Arts Center in Tokyo, Japan. Laura Nova is the 2019 New York City Cultural Affairs Public Artist in Residence with the Department of the Aging.