A performance that treats the natural reaction of the elements when they are exposed to a person's corporeality. LIAPHIY (pronounced: leeaypee) -from the ancient Quechua word for the heat that emanates from a living organism- is an accumulation of sensations disseminated by the continuous live actions of the artist. Inspired by various Andean myths and popular traditions of the Bolivian highlands and Amazonia, Canonge presents a performance consisting of various parts some of which are ritualistic in nature. For this unique presentation at the Glasshouse, and coinciding with the artist's return to NYC, people will be invited to participate in various forms becoming active agents of the performance.
Hector Canonge is an interdisciplinary artist whose work incorporates the use of new-media technologies, physical environments, cinematic and performative narratives. In his projects and performances, he explores and treats issues related to construction of identity, gender roles, and the politics of migration. Challenging the white box settings of a gallery, museum or intervening directly in public spaces, his performances mediate movement, endurance, and many times ritualistic processes contextualized by his own experiences and personal history. Some of his actions and carefully choreographed performances involve collaborating with other artists and interacting with audiences. His visual arts projects and performance work have been exhibited and presented in museums, galleries, alternative spaces and public areas in the United States, Latin America, Europe and Asia.
Liz Jekaz for Hector Canonge, KUYUY PANKARA, Copyright © Canonge 2013.