Awardee: Jade Gordon

Visual Arts, 2012

Jade Gordon is a faculty member at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting in Los Angeles and an adjunct faculty member in the School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA. She holds a BA in theater and an MA in applied theater arts from the University of Southern California. In addition to her work in My Barbarian, Gordon has studied at Augusto Boal’s Center for the Theater of the Oppressed in Rio De Janeiro and leads Theater of the Oppressed workshops in low-income housing facilities, high schools, community counseling centers and art spaces. Some of her professional acting credits include TV’s That 70s Show; artist Vaginal Davis’ film, The White to be Angry; and director Allison Anders’ films Grace of My Heart, Things Behind Sun and Sugar Town, for which she was nominated for an IFC Independent Spirit Award in 1999. In 2010, she collaborated with Berlin- and Seoul-based artist Haegue Yang on a solo performance at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN. Jade is also co-owner of Wombleton Records, a collectible vinyl record shop in Highland Park, CA.

Project: Post-Living Ante-Action Theater

Post-Living Ante-Action Theater is a public performance and video installation to be shown in Europe, the Middle East and the Americas, resulting from workshops with artists in both countries. The work will be generated in close collaboration with local participants using techniques developed by My Barbarian, a Los Angeles-based performance collective, as part of an ongoing project. Workshops and cultural research with participating artists will result in visual, musical, theatrical and politically critical public demonstrations. Documentation of this process as well as original work will ultimately form a video installation that will explore themes of collaboration and participation in uneasy partnerships.

Collab: My Barbarian

My Barbarian is a collective consisting of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade, founded in 2000 in Los Angeles. My Barbarian has had solo exhibitions at Participant Inc. (New York), Museo El Eco (Mexico City) and the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles). The group has presented performance works internationally and been included in the 2005 and 2007 Performa Biennials, the 2006 and 2008 California Biennials, the 2007 Montreal Biennial and the 2009 Baltic Triennial. In 2008, My Barbarian developed the Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (PoLAAT), a performance methodology and set of collaborative workshop exercises that facilitates group-building, cultural exchange and political critique through imaginative reenactments.