This year is shaping up to be exciting and I am really pleased to invite you to three evenings of performance. I have been selected the Artists of Color Council to curate three artists as part of Movement Research at Judson Churchseries. I have selected Rodney Bell, Caroline Garcia, and Te Ao Mana, led by Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu responding to the theme ‘Body Sovereignty.’ Body sovereignty is being in control of how we live in relationship with our body & in control of how our body is in relationship with the world. I have curated queer and disabled bodies as I wanted to honor each different artist and sovereign body along with the inherent indigeneity of each of them.
The use of the word sovereignty is deliberate as it has many legal & historical connotations & is often used in reference to fanua (land) independence. It is fitting then that each of the artists, all from the Pacific will be responding to the theme in relationship to their own personal practice.
The curation begins April 1st, 8 pm, with Rodney Bell (Ngati Maniapoto), who has extensively practiced in NZ and overseas. After dancing with many companies in the Bay area including AXIS he didn’t have enough resources to return home, ending up living on the streets and overstaying. Rodney’s inability to enter onto US soil is an integral component to the work, calling to attention the current immigration crisis occurring in the US but also across the world. His work explores the sovereignty of his body with the absence of his physical self through video work produced by Samoan performance designer, Owen McCarthy.
In curating Rodney, I wanted to highlight who else may not be in the space and also ask how can we care for our bodies and each other by asking him to present work. These questions I think are even more important after the white supremacist terror attacks that occurred in Christchurch to our Muslim community. As a disabled dancer, I also wished to see how Rodney would respond and explore the sovereignty of his body. Rodney will be presenting a video work and will have Samoan artist Katrina George performing in response to the video. We do need assistance paying for her flights from New Zealand, so if you could support us either by sharing our fundraising campaign or donating, all amounts appreciated. To support us click here.
November 8, 2018
Closing keynote: Stories from the Field. I was nervous and excited to speak at the Dance/NYC Immigrants. Dance. Arts. Conference, ending the note alongside Kayvon Pourazar and Marco Castillo telling our own immigrant stories.
OCTOBER 27, 2018
World Culture Festival: Our Future, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Join me in the Oceanic Gallery to explore the Samoan concept of the Va by connecting this traditional way of seeing with your own experimental drawing, connecting the ancestral knowledge through the contemporary tool of the keyboard.
Floor 1, Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas, Gallery 354
JULY 28, 2018, DENNISTON HILL
Residency: July 24- 29, 2018
I am super excited to have formed 'Alien Support Service' with fellow Alien artists, Yuko Uchida, Marianna Olinger and Kyung Eun You.
The United States Citizen & Immigration Service (USCIS) has classified us as ‘Aliens’. In response we have formed the Alien Support Service (ASS) to share our collective stories of our alien experience.
Our goal as a collective is to produce visually interesting zines which weave together our immigrant (alien) stories, combining the humorous with the darkness that often comes with being ‘Other’ in a new environment.
We will be launching two issues of our zine 'AlieNation Survival Guide' in the Fall 2018.
I have joined the staff at Culture Push, an arts organization that supports artists with socially engaged art works often in their initial stages. As the new Assistant Director I am excited to support and learn from the artists and staff.
Join us June 26, 2018, 6 - 9 pm as we celebrate our community and honor Ed Woodham from Art in Odd Places at our upcoming benefit.
Purchase a $25 party ticket or a $65 (before June 22), party + donated art work.
APRIL- SEPTEMBER 2018
I'll be working in Harlem with 4 other artist collaborators as part of my Fellowship program. So excited to be part of this great organization.
Check out my interview below and more about LP and my fellow artist collaborators.
MARCH 9TH- APRIL 1ST, 2018
La Bodega Gallery
695 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY
La Bodega presents Rendering Likeness a group show featuring my work 'Which self did you reveal today?'
I hope you can make it to the gallery and see this fascinating show with amazing artists!
Artist in Residence, Ana Pekapeka Studio, Corbans Art Estate, Auckland New Zealand
Invited by Rosanna Raymond and Ruth Woodbury of Ana Pekapeka Studio to create and present work in a short term residency.
On Day 1, Rosanna set the wero (challenge): to create a new body of work during my time at the studio. The provocation came in the form of an object, the taonga (pictured around my neck) that was my grandmother's and in which I had recently found and brought into the studio that first morning. Now a text to complete the provocation, Rosanna opened a book and read
'we perform our last rites, in the circle of stones built by our grandmothers' - Victoria Kneubuhl
There was definitely a grandmother theme! From this text and taonga, I spent the next day and a half reading about the myths surrounding Pounamu and its history. Looking at the Maori gods and goddesses and finding their Samoan counterparts. I read about the goddess Hine ahua who found Pounamu, exploring the origin behind the word ahua which I roughly translate to: the thing before the thing appears. Trying to answer this question of what does the thing before the thing look like, drove my final day of exploration. This led me to the concept of manava, and drawing with one's breath. I finally created a series of figures or ahua/ atua which I exhibited, as well as my exploratory drawings.
I am so grateful to the Wahine Toa of Ana Pekapeka Studios, Ruth Woodbury and Rosanna Raymond for enveloping me so warmly into their space and supporting me during this equally daunting and beautiful experience. It was an amazing homecoming for me. Fa'afetai lava, alofa atu.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2018
12- 8 pm
Abrons Art Center
In honor of National Constitution Day, Maya Ciarrocchi will hold an eight-hour reading of the United States Constitution, read in multiple languages by multiple performers. This celebration of we the people will take place in Abrons’ outdoor amphitheater and will include food and drink, participatory writing and political discussion.
I'll be reading 5:30- 6:30 with David Thomson and Okwui Okpokwasili.
September 10, 2017
Boogie on the Boulevard
Present by Bronx Museum of the Arts
As part of the immigrant Artist Collective, I will be at this event, drawing portraits and listening to stories. Supported by NYFA.
See you there!
Triple Goddesses, A Performative-Based Talanoa (talk): Navigating Spaces as Pacific Bodies in an Embodied Art Practice.
ORA Gallery invites you Friday, 16 June, 6 – 8 pm for an evening of talanoa (talk) and embodied art practice, with Rosanna Raymond, Jahra Wasasala and Pelenakeke Brown. Collectively they will weave their individual practices, and pose questions as to what an embodied practice means for them in the ways that they each navigate, confront, and engage with space and spaces as Goddesses of the Pacific.
Curated by Pelenakeke.
On view June 3 - 25, 2017
Opening Reception: June 3, 5- 8 pm
KA ORA (I LIVE) is the last show for ORA Gallery New York and a celebration of the extraordinary life of a small Chelsea gallery. ORA has been a window into Aotearoa New Zealand and a marae (community hub) for many New Zealanders in New York.
On view May 18 – June 13, 2017
Opening Reception: May 18, 6 – 9 PM
Join us as the National Academy Museum & School is transformed by the vision of the National Academicians, faculty, alumni, and students.
This will be the final exhibit held in the historic building on 5th Avenue. Please join me in farewelling this great location and institution.
April 5 - 29, 2017
Join me for my solo exhibition:A Conversation With Line
Opening Reception: Wednesday, April 5th, 6 - 8 pm
5 E 89th Street,
Sonia Gechtoff Gallery
National Academy School and Museum
March 8 - 31 2017
Reasoning On Paper: The Myth of Herself
Please join me for my first solo show
Opening reception: Wednesday, March 8th, 6 - 8pm
At ORA Gallery, 51 7th Ave (between 13/ 14th Street)
Saturday, March 25, 2017
184 Eldridge Street
What happens when a body must function outside of linear time and normative progression from point A to point B?
Opening < > Speed is a collaborative installation and performance project by artist and performer Pelenakeke Brown, dancer Jerron Herman, dancer iele paloumpis, interdisciplinary artist and choreographer Marissa Perel, and video artist Marin Sander-Holzman. This group of artists and dancers with disabilities seeks to generate such choreography through dialogues about how we move through the world, opening up our experiences to one another as an antidote to speed and other normative expectations of physical production.
In the month of March, Pelenakeke, Jerron, iele, and Marissa will engage in a studio practice centered on these dialogues. They will ask each other questions related to how they move, what gives them pleasure in their bodies, what doesn't, how their bodies and identities are perceived in the world, and how they do or do not experience belonging, solidarity and support. They will create choreographic scores out of these dialogues, shaping an installation in the theater of University Settlement that will house both the performers and the audience in an open, inviting space.
The performance will run from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and will be followed by a conversation with the audience and performers.
Very proud to be an artist included in this special folio with Apogee Journal #NoDAPL #StillHere, Native and Anti-Colonial Craft Against Dispossession. Read here
As contributing Editor Sarah Clark says
"We hope that this folio will be a healing space, an educational space, a space for catharsis but also for understanding. In the words of poet Natalie Diaz, “One of the reasons the police and state/government violence are being delivered on the nonviolent actions of water protectors is that most Americans still can’t imagine indigenous people outside of what history narrated. We aren’t real to many Americans. If you can’t imagine a people, you can’t imagine loving them … so you can’t have compassion or respect for them.” We wanted to make space for Natives, Native voices, and voices of colonial resistance where we could, as humble as these spaces may be.
Just as this struggle is not over, neither is Apogee’s commitment to welcoming indigenous voices at our journal, now and in the future. Bearing witness to the pain and resistance of Natives at Standing Rock, as well as indigenous and colonized people around the world is both an act of resistance and a gift. A gift that I cannot express enough gratitude for."
Nov 20, 2016- 4pm at BAX
As part of Brooklyn Arts Exchange AIR Open Studio Showings with dancer Marissa Perel, myself and Jerron Herman have been invited to perform and read letters out loud that Perel has written to us both, that we have not yet had the opportunity to read. More info on date and time here with a write up by Jess Barbagello in the Brooklyn Rail here. The work is titled 'Tell me the parts of myself that I might not yet be able to name.'
“Over the course of this open studio, they’ll be reading these letters out loud, referencing points of intersection and points of difference in our relationships, and what I hope working together can be, what I hope to find, experience, and finally be able to share with them, as fellow crips and fierce performers.” Marissa Perel
Oct- Nov 2016
I'll be traveling to the Vermont Studio Center, in Johnson, VT for a 1 month residency from Oct 23- Nov 18. I'm really excited to have the opportunity to have a dedicated studio space again and be a part of an arts community and make new work.
Ensemble cast member/ co-collaborator with Gender/Power Composition IV to be performed at JACK from October 13- 15. To find out more details and buy tickets click here
Photo credit: Julia Cervantes
I had my first piece of writing a non-fiction essay published by the James Franco Review. 'The Body Remembers, Tua-Back,' selected by guest editor Karolyn Gehrig for Issue 8: Bodies of evidence. Read here.
June 2016- June 2017
I am really excited to be participating in this years New York Foundation of the Arts immigrant Artist Program: Social Practice.
This is a year long mentorship and collaborative program. For more info on the program and the other amazing artists click here.
12 June 2016
URBAN x INDIGENOUS: Remember Our Place? will take place on Sunday, June 12, 2016 at SOMArts Bay Gallery - presented by Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center with support from SOMArts Cultural Center as part of the 19th Annual United States of Asian America Festival: Civil Dis(place)ment.
Centered on the API-experience but in alliance with all indigenous peoples, URBAN x INDIGENOUS aims to unite cultural and urban performance-based artists and strengthen the network of urban-indigenous artists towards collective action through arts as activism.
More details/ tickets here
May 26 - 29 2016
Fun Size, at Treat Gallery
Opening reception May 26, 417 W57th Street, NY, 6 - 8pm
My piece 'Bad Hair Day' received an honorable mention in the juried show!
See my piece and other submissions here
22 May 2016
'ORA Wahine' as part of Ladies Who Launch at 360 Space will be open Sunday May 22 from 11 - 5 pm for the Children's Museum of the Arts Family Day at 104 Charlton Place
May 19 - 29 2016
Creative Mischief at National Academy Museum
1089 5th Ave
I will have an installation in the round gallery called the Myth of Herself. I hope to see you there!
April- May 2016
I have six drawings in this exhibit 'Black & White Perspectives: Works on Paper' that I am very excited about! On view from April 14- May 8 at Sonia Gechtoff Gallery
April 21 2016
Indigenous Dance Forum, Dixon Place, LES, NY
As part of Jack Gray's Artist in Residence at APA NYU I took part in many of his community initiatives, including his Dances with Wolves movement workshops and finally was an artist activator at the Indigenous Dance performance.
March 10 2016
Every year at the Bailey House Gala & Auction thousands are donated to this charitable foundation. This year I donated one of my drawings to the auction to be sold, with all proceeds going towards the Bailey House.
March 2 2016
Yuko Uchida's Circus coming to the Armory
Pier 94, Armory Show, Manhattan, NY
Parade held around Pier 94, Armory show. I performed as one of five clowns for artist Yuko Uchido
September 19 2015
Meadow walk Art Fundraiser on Centre Island, LI, NY
This was the second annual meadow walk fundraiser held in Centre Bay, Long Island. Part of the proceeds are donated towards programs at Oakcliff Sailing Center.
Aug 1- Aug 31 2015
'Hui, the Gathering'
ORA Gallery, 51 7th Ave (between 13/14 street)
For this exhibition I created a site-specific installation on one of the columns drawing on the wall itself. My piece was called 'Drawing in the Space.' Many thanks to Giarna TeKanawa for offering the space and my dream to draw directly on a wall
August 1 2015
'Who' A One Night Art Show & Gig'
Palisades, Brooklyn, NY
Curated by Michele Rave Grassani
June 6- July 11 2015
'Face It' The Face in Contemporary Art
Site:Brooklyn, 165 7th Street, Brooklyn NY
Exhibition juried by Annette Rose-Shapiro
May 16- 24 2015
National Academy Museum, 1083 5th Ave
March 7 2015
'Seashore' Pop-Up Art show'
Oakcliff Sailing Center, Oakcliff, LI
May 15 - 18 2014
National Academy Museum, 1083 5th Ave