PROTEST FORMS: MEMORY AND CELEBRATION Part II-Performance
Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration Part II
curated by Matteo Lucchetti, as part of Piazza Universale/Social Stage at Queens Museum, New York
April 9, 2017
A public performance was held as part of the exhibition opening, titled Protest Forms: Memory and Celebration: Part II, which takes place inside the museum and outside in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, on April 9 at 4 PM. This performance involves 350 participants from a range of different creative worlds. From spoken word artists and rappers to an Afro-Colombian bullerengue group to a LGBTQ symphonic band to a chorus made up of union members to representatives from important activist groups such as Black Lives Matter NYC, Protest Forms is dedicated to the past and present civic struggles of New York City communities. Queens Anthem, an original music score composed by Emiliano Branda, is based on an open call to Queens residents to submit sonic memories of their borough and the protest songs related to their communities. It will premiere as part of the larger performance. The thematic of the performance is to explore the multifaceted forms and rich legacies of protest in NYC and across the United States, while also engaging with joyful and ceremonial choreographies of celebration, affiliation, empowerment, and belonging. The artist articulates her long-term interest in the role that the collective crowd, dance and music play into the creation of temporary communities united in demonstrating resistance.