CUERPO Performances

February 15, 20, 21, 27, 28, & March 5, 6, 12, 13 — all performances are at 2pm, 2020

Following scores, writing, movement sequences, somatic techniques and embodied inquiry developed during the workshops, CUERPO will present a series of performances to take place in the gallery on the following dates. All performances are at 2pm.

Saturday, February 15
Thursday, February 20
Friday, February 21
Thursday, February 27 – CANCELLED
Friday, February 28

Thursday, March 5
Friday, March 6
Thursday, March 12
Friday, March 13

CUERPO is an ongoing research process that places the body at the centre of knowing and enquires how it may exist within the very function of artistic production and its learning process. These performances coincide with the exhibition Re/search Re/surgence by Guadalupe Martinez and Olivia Whetung.

Performers: Guadalupe Martinez, Stephanie Bueno, Chipo Chipaziwa, Sai Di, Jelena Markovic, Angelica Poversky, Dalia Shalabi, David Ezra Wang, and Yasmine Whaley-Kalaroa.


Conceived by Guadalupe Martinez in 2017, CUERPO is an ongoing research process and methodology where Martinez’s artistic and teaching practices intertwine and intervene public and private spaces. This practice brings together her experience in performance art and somatic training in order to approach embodied learning as a critical space to transform conventional systems of art production and education. It is a holistic process of decolonizing the body and the self, as well as a conscious way to occupy the often-disembodied spaces of academia and art institutions, allowing for a more expansive space to integrate and share knowledge. Martinez sees this project both as an artwork and as a shared process that will bring care, awareness and healing to the relationships within the participating communities. A search for a practice where embodiment and spiritual activism may intersect. CUERPO is often integrated by a fluid group of young artists and guest mentors.

Guadalupe Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator interested in understanding the complex relationships between place and identity. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she immigrated to Vancouver at age 28, where she lives and works on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Placing the body at the centre of her practice, Martinez’ work often takes the form of installation, performance, and collaborative research with a deep consideration for her personal and inherited histories. Through somatic practices and collaboration Martinez creates alternative spaces of learning and explores the potential for embodied research and love-actions to heal and decolonize the body-mind. Her commitment to spirituality, teaching, and political awareness underlies the development of her work in diverse contexts and she has presented work in Canada, the US, Italy, Mexico and Argentina.

Image: Cuerpo, FUENTE. Photo by Luciana Freire D’Anunciaçao.

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