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Intermissions: Paul Maheke

PAUL MAHEKE, TABOO DURAG, 2021. COURTESY THE ROBERTS INSTITUTE OF ART, GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL AND THE ARTIST. PHOTO: EOIN CAREY.

As part of the Renaissance Society in Chicago ’s Intermissions series, Paul Maheke’s performance Taboo Durag explores, in the artist’s words, ”the porous interface between vulnerability and resilience.” Adopting the form of a solo dance, it moves through different narrative and choreographic registers, the score swelling with bass-heavy ambience and vocals. For its latest iteration, this work is adapted specifically for the Rennaissance Society’s space.

Paul Maheke (b. 1985, Brive-la-Gaillarde; lives in London), takes dance as a focal point in his varied, and often collaborative, performance practice. Thinking about the body as an archive or a territory with its own cartography, he uses movement and language to reconsider personal and collective histories as well as aspects of memory.

Curated by Karsten Lund.

Intermissions launched in January 2017 as a new programming series devoted to ephemeral and performative works, staged in the Renaissance Society’s empty gallery in between exhibitions. This recurring platform presents two events every year, supporting a wide variety of live projects.

The series is supported by a gift from Mirja and Ted Haffner. This performance is presented with the support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Chicago, and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture at the University of Chicago.

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