Awardee: Alexandro Segade

Visual Arts, 2012

Alexandro Segade is an artist based in Los Angeles who, apart from his work with My Barbarian, has presented his own performances and videos at LAXART, REDCAT and Artist Curated Projects in Los Angeles; Migrating Forms at Anthology Film Archive in New York; Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco; and Vox Populi in Philadelphia. His project, Replicant vs. Separatist, is a science fiction genre discussion of gay marriage, which received a grant from the Durfee Foundation in 2010. He received an Art Matters Grant in 2011 for a collaboration with artist Wu Tsang. Segade earned a BA in English from UCLA (1996) and an MFA in interdisciplinary studio art from UCLA (2009). He currently teaches performance, video, sculpture and public art at the University of Southern California and serves as performance faculty at Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts.

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.