Jonah Bokaer: The Disappearance Portraits

Jonah Bokaer, NEITHER, 2016. Performance and Choreography for Camera, Parrish Art Museum. Cinematography and Director of Documentation: Marisela La Grave. Performers: Faris Al-Shathir, Samir Bitar, Jonah Bokaer, James Koroni.

Please note that Jonah Bokaer: The Disappearance Portraits is SOLD OUT.

Jonah Bokaer's The Disappearance Portraits is a one-night only live installation created and performed by Jonah Bokaer, the first choreographer to be featured in the Museum’s Platform series. Choreographed specifically for the Bacon Family South Meadow, The Disappearance Portraits corresponds with the surrounding landscape of the Parrish and is set to a music composition by Soundwalk Collective. Audience members will be seated outdoors on the south-facing benches that are incorporated into the architecture and extend the length of the Herzog & De Meuron designed museum. Bokaer, a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, is an interdisciplinary artist who merges choreography, visual art, film, and artistic research. He has cultivated a new form of choreography with a structure that relies on visual art and design, with the goal of transforming how the public views and understands dance. 

The origin of The Disappearance Portraits dates back to 2002 when Bokaer began exploring Mediterranean migration, primarily through autobiography and research, to uncover the facts of his émigré father’s Tunisian heritage. In 2011, Bokaer began to work with Soundwalk Collective, a group of nomadic composers of Mediterranean descent, to create a live performance work addressing the urgency of the current Mediterranean migration crisis, including the displacement of people. In addressing this important issue in their work over the years, the collaborators have each attempted to distinguish migrants from asylum seekers and from refugees, calling attention to the changing landscape of the Mediterranean basin, through choreography and sound field recordings.

Platform: Jonah Bokaer is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Linda Hackett/ CAL Foundation, Sandy and Stephen Perlbinder, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and Michèle and Steven Pesner. This event is part of The New York State Presenters Network-Presenter Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 
Friday Nights are made possible, in part, by the generous support of The Corcoran Group and Bridgehampton National Bank.  Modern Luxury's BEACH Magazine is the media sponsor. 
Jonah Bokaer: The Disappearance Portraits
Friday, July 22, 2016 - 6:00pm
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