Gather In, Speculative Architecture of the Overflow
The choreographies of Emily Johnson, Yup’ik artist and activist, function as portals linking the present and future, our responsibilities to land, and urgent needs in defense of justice. In Tio’tià:ke, she engages with an network of collaborators through her project Being Future Being—a speculative architecture of Indigenous empowerment. She will exchange with long time collaborators: Bolivian-Indige/American artist IV Castellanos and scholar Joseph M. Pierce, citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
With IV Castellanos + Emily Johnson + Joseph M. Pierce
About the artists
Emily Johnson (New York)
Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an organizer for justice, sovereignty and well-being.
Emily Johnson is an artist who makes body-based work. She is a land and water protector and an organizer for justice, sovereignty and well-being. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based in Lenapehoking / New York City. Emily is of the Yup’ik Nation, and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance.
Her dances function as portals and care processions, they engage audienceship within and through space, time, and environment- interacting with a place’s architecture, peoples, history and role in building futures. Emily is trying to make a world where performance is part of life; where performance is an integral connection to each other, our environment, our stories, our past, present and future.
Emily hosts monthly ceremonial fires on Mannahatta in partnership with Abrons Arts Center and Karyn Recollet. She was a co-compiler of the document, Creating New Futures: Guidelines for Ethics and Equity in the Performing Arts, serves on Creative Time’s inaugural Think Tank, and is co-lead for First Nations Performing Arts.
IV Castellanos is a Queer Trans* Bolivian-Indige/American, and an abstract performance artist and sculptor who creates solo, collaborative, and group-task vignette performances.
They construct/deconstruct all their own objects in their performances, and/or in shared process and practice with their collaborators. In addition, they have a studio practice and create stand alone sculptures not meant to be activated by performances. Their most recent show, Leche Hervida, premiered at JACK in Brooklyn, New York in March 2023.
Joseph M. Pierce
Joseph M. Pierce is Associate Professor in the Department of Hispanic Languages and Literature at Stony Brook University.
His research focuses on the intersections of kinship, gender, sexuality, and race in Latin America, 19th century literature and culture, queer studies, Indigenous studies, and hemispheric approaches to citizenship and belonging. He is the author of Argentine Intimacies: Queer Kinship in an Age of Splendor, 1890-1910 (SUNY Press, 2019) and co-editor of Políticas del amor: Derechos sexuales y escrituras disidentes en el Cono Sur (Cuarto Propio, 2018) as well as the 2021 special issue of GLQ, “Queer/Cuir Américas: Translation, Decoloniality, and the Incommensurable.” His work has been published recently in Revista Hispánica Moderna, Critical Ethnic Studies, Latin American Research Review, and has also been featured in Indian Country Today. Along with S.J. Norman (Koori of Wiradjuri descent) he is co-curator of the performance series Knowledge of Wounds. He is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation.