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© 2017 by Ayana Evans. Artist. Professor. Feminist.

Sometimes Curator.

#operationcatsuit #ijustcameheretofindahusband

My on-going performances/public interventions include: "Operation Catsuit," "I Just Came Here to Find a Husband," and a new series of collaborative works with artists of diverse backgrounds. These performances map how my body is perceived and treated as it operates in artistic and social spheres. Through participatory performance art-practices I hope to critically explore the semiotic and political economies of presumed knowledge that are lived through my body. Making-Art-While-a-Woman-and-Black is a matter of conceptually choosing how I perform my 'self' through different negotiations of social ideals and manifestations. People frequently articulate these ideals through different modes of appearances in daily (ritualistic-habitual-cultural) living practices. I often perform these struggles through mundane repetitive movements, or high-risk physical acts in my work.

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