June 27. GHETTO GUCCI
June 27 at 7pm
Documenta fifteen is currently underway in Kassel. This year, the curatorial group ruangrupa is focusing on the collective. Their programme focuses on art collectives, organisations and institutions. They have been invited to share but also to delve into collective processes.
Directly from the opening of documenta, Weld is visited by an interdisciplinary group of artists. Their collaboration began during the 6th Ghetto Biennial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 2019. The work they created is called Ghetto Gucci and is a performance and jointly developed by Swedish and Haitian artists in collaboration with Swedish choreographer Carima Neusser.
Every two years, Atiz Rezistan organizes the Ghetto Biennale as an invitation to visiting Western and non-Western artists to come to Haiti and produce work on site. In one such meeting, the performance Ghetto Gucci was created.
Atiz Rezistans is an artist collective based in downtown Port au Prince whose driving force is a struggle for justice and more equal distribution of resources. Transformative artistic acts such as assembling and recycling materials into new forms and artworks, as well as sharing knowledge and situations for exchange, take place here.
In Ghetto Gucci, the artists invite the audience to reflect on the role that visions, dreams and life goals play in our lives. Whether we live in abject poverty or immense wealth, we are relentlessly confronted with advertising images, media reports and slogans that tell us what to think and how to act. How can we find alternatives together? Through art we can engage with each other with our bodies, emotions, share experiences and support each other.
During the performance, we will see two performance artists Michel La Fleur and Jerry Reginald Chery in minimalist tableaux. Carima Neusser and Adriana Benjamin dance together, developing a different kind of freedom and alternative ways of communicating outside spoken language.
Between the different tableaux, paintings of heroes from the Haitian revolution are projected onto the stage. The Haitian Revolution was and is an important inspiration for the ongoing historical transformation of the lives of Haitians and anyone else who wants to change their lives.
Ghetto Gucci inspires both artists and audiences to learn from each other, from history and to reflect on what kind of future we can imagine individually and collectively.
Choreography: Carima Neusser in collaboration with Michel LaFleur, Jerry Reginald Chery, Adriana Benjamin
Light design: Carima Neusser
Composer and live sound: Per Hüttner
With support of: The Swedish Arts Grants Committee and The Swedish Arts Council
Production by: Vision Forum and Weld
Carima Neusser (SE)
is a dancer, choreographer, and artist. She works with interdisciplinary projects that take their starting point in dance. Her practice began in dance and choreography, and has since moved into the visual arts, architecture, neuro- science, fashion, music and stage technology. Her work has been presented at dance institutions, galleries, museums and music festivals in Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Italy, France, Egypt, Mexico, Haiti, USA, and Brazil. She is a member and co-founder of the collective, Tomorrow’s Art Audience, which organizes seminars, workshops and projects bringing together choreographers, visual artists, musicians, writers, researchers, and students internationally.
Michel LaFleur (HT)
began his art career as an apprentice to a decorator of Tap-Taps, the ornately painted pickup trucks that serve as public transportation all throughout Haiti. He is now responsible for decorating many of the most spectacular barbershops in his neighborhood. He also works as a portrait artist. Lafleur is associated with Atis Rezistans, the collaborative behind Port-au-Prince’s Ghetto Biennale. Michel is also part of the art duo, Lafleur&Bogaert. He has worked with the artist Richard Fleming, choreographer, Carima Neusser and photographer Leah Gordon, among many others.
Jerry Reginald Chery (HT)
is an artist based in Port-au Prince, Haiti. He was born December 30th in 1981. He works with painting, sculpture and performance art. He has participated and exhibited work at the 7th Ghetto Biennale 2022, 6th Ghetto Biennale 2019, 5th Ghetto Biennale 2017, 4th Ghetto Biennale 2015 and 1st Ghetto Biennale 2009. He has presented work at The French Institute in Port-au Prince, Haiti, 2022
Adriana Benjamin (HT)
lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Her passion is dance. When she is not in school she focus her time on dancing with friends and family. Adriana was part of The 6th Ghetto Biennial in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2019. She performed in the piece Ghetto Gucci together with Michel LaFleur, Jerry Reginald Chery initiated by Carima Neusser.
Per Hüttner (SE)
Per Hüttner (b. 1967) is a Swedish artist who lives and works in Stockholm and Paris. He was trained at Konsthögskolan, Stockholm, and at Hochschule der Künste, Berlin. He has shown extensively in Europe, Australia, Asia, North and South America. Solo exhibitions and major presentations include Zendai Contemporary, Shanghai; Göteborgs konstmuseum; and the Wellcome Collection, London. He has participated in group shows at institutions including Museu de Arte Moderna de São Paulo (MAM); Palais de Tokyo, Paris; the Hayward Gallery, London; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; and MACBA, Barcelona. He has performed at Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Pinacoteca, Museo Jumex, and the Venice Biennale. His work features in the collections of art museums in Sweden, Poland, China, and Brazil. Hüttner is also the founder and director of international research network Vision Forum and a member of the performance collective 1+1=3, with whom he has been part of developing the EEGsynth as a tool to use brain waves in performance art.
Weld is supported by Stockholms stad, the Swedish Arts Council and Region Stockholm