Artists Space

Las Nietas de Nonó: Posibles Escenarios, Vol. 1 LNN

Performance
October 30, 2022, 7pm

Inside a pink-hued room are three tanker desks and three rolling office chairs in a single-file line. Security monitors with color videos sit on each desk alongside small pieces of clay. In the distance, tree trunks wrapped in fabric rest on the floor and construction nets hang from the ceiling. A wooden structure and an aquarium with purple-colored lights are positioned behind the tree trunks.
Las Nietas de Nonó: Posibles Escenarios, Vol. 1 LNN. Installation view, Artists Space, New York, 2022. [Inside a pink-hued room are three tanker desks and three rolling office chairs in a single-file line. Security monitors with color videos sit on each desk alongside small pieces of clay. In the distance, tree trunks wrapped in fabric rest on the floor and construction nets hang from the ceiling. A wooden structure and an aquarium with purple-colored lights are positioned behind the tree trunks.]

Artists Space is pleased to present a special commissioned performance by Las Nietas de Nonó. As part of their solo exhibition Posibles Escenarios Vol. I LNN, the artist collective will stage a series of interwoven theatrical activations. Performing within their biomorphic, mixed-media installations Sala Portal Omi, especie archivo natural, and The page you are looking for is not found, Las Nietas will guide the audience through a visceral and multi-sensory experience. Blurring the lines between performer and viewer, their performances foreground communal practices while creating restorative spaces for healing. Themes of ancestral memory, microhistory, expropriation, and environmental and racial justice deeply inform this body of work.

The afro-diasporic siblings mulowayi and mapenzi are Las Nietas de Nonó. In their creative process, they evoke ancestral memory through personal archives. Their practice incorporates performance, found objects, organic materials, ecology, fiction, video, and installation. In 2016, they created Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, a multimedia installation that was co-commissioned by the 10th Berlin Biennial (2018) and the 79th Whitney Biennial (2019). They have received the Latinx Artist Fellowship from the US Latinx Art Forum (2022), the Rome Prize in Visual Art from the American Academy in Rome (2022), the United States Artist Award (2018), The Art of Change from the Ford Foundation (2017), and the Global Arts Fund from the Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice (2017 & 2020). Their art has been shown in Haiti, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Ecuador, England, Germany, Italy, Norway, Scotland, and the United States. In 2019, they co-founded Parceleras Afrocaribeñas, an organization run by Black womxn, where spaces for environmental and racial justice are created in the face of industrial developments that threaten their barrio of San Antón, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

Exhibition support for Posibles Escenarios, Vol. 1 LNN is provided by Marieluise Hessel.

Support is provided by Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, The Cowles Charitable Trust, The Cy Twombly Foundation, The Teiger Foundation, The Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, Imperfect Family Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Stavros Niarchos Foundation, The Willem de Kooning Foundation, The Fox Aarons Foundation, Herman Goldman Foundation, The Destina Foundation, The Luce Foundation, May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Arison Arts Foundation, The David Rockefeller Fund, The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Foundation, The Jill and Peter Kraus Foundation, The Richard Pousette-Dart Foundation.