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The Big Reveal at the Watermill Center

Mon, 03/18/2024 - 14:19
Reed J. Williams, a trans youth advocate, and Lindsay Morris, a Sag Harbor photographer, spoke about Ms. Morris's "The Kids of Camp I Am" at TEDWomen 2023: Two Steps Forward in Atlanta this fall.
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The Watermill Center’s In Process series of open studios and rehearsals by its resident artists will resume Friday at 5:30 p.m., with presentations of work by Lindsay Morris, a photographer from Sag Harbor; Joana P. Cardozo and Sara Stern, interdisciplinary artists, and Katherine Profeta, a dramaturge and writer.

Events in her personal life and surrounding community are central to the work of Ms. Morris, who contributes regularly to The New York Times and The Times Magazine.

Ms. Morris's photographs for "The Kids of Camp I Am," first published in the magazine in 2021, documented an annual retreat for gender-expansive children and their families.

During her residency she is making updated portraits and conducting interviews that will contribute to discussions about the importance of support in the lives of those children, and the role of the camp itself.

Last October, Ms. Morris gave a TED talk in Atlanta with Reed J. Williams, one of the campers. The talk can be accessed through and the TED Talks Daily podcast.

Ms. Cardozo, a Brazilian artist based in Los Angeles, will create a series of durational performances while in residence that draw inspiration from Leda Martins, a Brazilian scholar who explores the relationship among body, time, performance, memory, and knowledge.

Motivated in part by Ms. Martins's suggestion that "spin" is a central component of African-Brazilian traditions, Ms. Cardozo will attempt to transcend time by subjecting her body to repetitive movements drawn from classical ballet practices and capoeira, an African-Brazilian martial art incorporating acrobatics, dance, music, and songs in a rhythmic dialogue of body, mind, and spirit. 

Ms. Stern is an interdisciplinary artist working across sculpture, animation, multimedia performance, moving-image installation, and architectural intervention. Her recent projects engage with histories of urban development with speculative fiction.

While at the center, Ms. Stern will begin to develop a new multimedia performance and moving-image installation involving a queer Western fantasy set on Manhattan's West Side. In conversation with the center's art collection and library, she will conduct research and create a series of scene studies for the project.

Ms. Profeta, currently a professor of dramaturgy at the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale, has collaborated since 2002 with Ralph Lemon, a choreographer and visual artist, and Darrell Jones, a performer and choreographer, on Mr. Lemon's performance projects.

The artists are gathering at the center to develop a way to capture, in writing, Mr. Jones's and Mr. Lemon's ongoing collaboration, in improvisatory performance modes titled "Low" and "Rant." By interweaving interviews, scores, essays, meditations, and other written formats, they hope to evoke a mode of movement exploration that defies easy description.

The program is free; registration is on the center's website.

A related workshop, Capoeira with Live Music, will happen at the center on Sunday from 11 to noon. Led by Ms. Cardozo and Anderson Dias-Moreira, a capoeira instructor, the workshop will involve warmups, drills, and sequences, along with free practice where two students play against each other using what they have learned. No prior experience is necessary.

Tickets, available on the center's website, are $25.

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