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Latifa Laâbissi | SELF PORTRAIT CAMOUFLAGE at CPR—Center for Performance Research

SELF PORTRAIT CAMOUFLAGE is a provocative and intensely personal exploration of identity, the immigrant experience, and post-Imperialism, performed by Latifa Laâbissi. A full-length solo performance, it draws on French colonialism and Laâbissi’s own experience as the daughter of Moroccan-born parents. Laâbissi performs the piece naked, with bright spotlights on her, totally exposed, just as Africans were exposed in “human zoos,” shown in their traditional costumes and ogled like exotic animals. Reflecting this inhumane sideshow sensibility, the choreography is composed of bizarre contorted movements as the artist assumes a series of roles, including performer, woman, Arab, and anti-immigrant politician.

By mixing genres and redefining formats, Latifa Laâbissi seeks to transcend traditional notions of what can appear on stage. Upon completion of an apprenticeship at the Cunningham Studio in New York, Laâbissi turned her focus to exploring the body as a subject of multiple perspectives and heterogeneous cultural influences. She extracts gestures from throughout modern history, playing with perceptions of gender and class. Laâbissi reveals the body as an object of violent conflict. Since her earliest artistic collaborations, Laâbissi has used her voice and appearance to evoke the challenges faced by minorities. figureproject.com

May 9 & 10 at 7:30 pm
May 11 at 3:00 pm
Tickets: $15
Reservation required at studio@chezbushwick.net

CPR—Center for Performance Research
Presented by Chez Bushwick
361 Manhattan Avenue (between Jackson and Withers Street)
Brooklyn, NY 11211


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