Pro Arts Oakland: 2 x 2 exhibitions “Incongruent Lineage”.

by admin on September 4, 2015

August 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pro Arts Oakland
150 Frank H Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Join us for the opening reception and the first of this year’s 2 x 2 exhibitions, “Incongruent Lineage”.

Curated by Xavier Robles, “Incongruent Lineage” presents new and recent work by Natalie Falero and Arash Fayez. Both artists explore the complex connections of foreigners to place through performance art. This two-person show emphasizes the ongoing tension between the simultaneous desire to belong yet remain foreign by exploring the effects of displacement on the body from location A to location B [where one learns] to shed and become C.

During the opening reception, Fayez will do a performative lecture in which he will walk through the space making, taking, and leaving notes, guiding the audience into …the “bicameral” mind. Following this performance, Falero will perform in relation to a pre-recorded video. Initially situating herself in a green, lush landscape, she then finds herself placed within a junk yard on a journey to discover how her body engages within two distinct spaces. In addition, Oakland DJ Shizatin will spin in between performances.

For “Incongruent Lineage”, Fayez’s installation will emerge from his performance during the opening reception. In addition to his lecture, Fayez will live print various images that he will then display throughout the gallery. His images and writings allude to the existence of multiple layers of being within the bicameral mind, consisting of disjointed memories and fractured, multilingual phrases. In tandem, Falero will present three videos that allude to her relationship between personal liberation and Puerto Rico’s post-colonial state. She depicts this process by inserting herself into abandoned spaces juxtaposed with Puerto Rico’s natural landscape to explore where she ultimately belongs.

“Incongruent Lineage” will be on view from August 11 – September 1 at Pro Arts.

Opening Reception:
6:45pm: Performance by Arash Fayez
7:30pm: Performance by Natalie Falero
In between performances: DJ Shizatin

About the Artists:

Arash Fayez, officially known as Faeiz, is an artist, curator and educator based between San Francisco, Tehran and other locations. Spanning video, performance, live situations and photography, his practice intertwines to create para-fictional and multi-layered projects informed by notions of displacement, distraction, and bicamerality (a brain split in two parts). Through storytelling based on partial memories and notions of interstitial space, his works confront sociopolitical issues, while engaging the role of found footage and archival materials in constructing these narratives. Fayez has exhibited and performed internationally at venues such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Musée du quai Branly, Paris; the British Museum, London; the Queens Museum, New York; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Natalie Falero is an interdisciplinary artist working in a range of mediums including performance, installation, video and photography. Falero received a BA in Journalism at the Universidad del Sagrado Corazón and MFA in Studio Art from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). While at SFAI, Falero was awarded the Anne Bremer Prize Award for Best MFA Exhibition 2017 at The Mint, San Francisco, CA.Highly invested in understanding the body as a communication tool to interact with cultural and social constructs, Falero examines the body as site of activism and reinvention among acculturation and social-political conditions. Falero’s work explores social injustices related to discrimination of race, gender and colonialism. Through ritualistic acts, she dismantles traces of identity by marking territory with her own body.

About the Curator:

Xavier Robles is a Mexican-born curator, visual artist, and educator, who grew up in Santa Ana, California. Robles previously worked as the Coordinator of Public Programs at the Grand Central Art Center, where he created programming and developed youth curriculum addressing contemporary art forms by artists of color.

Currently, Robles is the Curatorial Intern at Southern Exposure, where he works closely with the Curatorial Committee and Exhibitions and Projects Program Director. He is also an Artist-in-Education at Southern Exposure. In this role, he works one-on-one with youth to expand their craft. He is the founder of Paleta Zine, an ongoing self -published curatorial zine that creates a space of expression and documentation for queer bois of color. Robles’ practice as a curator seeks to challenge and address the concept of “invasion” through a range of art forms that subvert in order to embrace the term as way to take space. Robles holds a B.A. in Architectural Studies from Hampshire College and currently resides in Oakland, California.

ABOUT 2 x 2:

2 x 2 is a series of two-person exhibitions, featuring recent work by outstanding emerging artists, based in the Bay Area. The program specifically supports the freedom to create challenging and non-commercial work.

Xavier Robles’ Curatorial Residency at Pro Arts is made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Pro Arts’ 2 x 2 exhibitions are funded in part by generous grants from The Zellerbach Family Foundation and The Fleishhacker Foundation.