The Performance Arcade brings together visual arts and performance in a specially curated ‘exhibition-event’ of live art practices on Wellington Waterfront. An arrangement of shipping containers and scaffold structures provides a temporary architecture for this unique project, housing a bar space, a programme of live music and events, and new performance installations by NZ and International artists. Open 13 hours a day, this event is free to the Wellington public.
This performance want to discuss relevant issues of Amazon land disputes between indians, landowners and people from different regions of Brazil who are searching in the forest a place for survival and subsistence. These extreme violent conflicts are occurring in a land where the law of the strongest is carried out in a cruel photosynthesis red blood on the green plant.
I was born in 1985 in Belem do Pará city. Pará is the second largest state in land size of Brazil, and inserted into the Legal Amazon region. In 2015 a report was linked in the media about the numbers of deaths, a chart that showed an overview of the murders caused by the possession of land, placing the State of Pará as the leader in the ranking of violence by land conflict in the country, with a record of 645 killed by conflicts of land issues between the years 1985 to 2013.
In 2005, the international media turned his eyes to the Amazon, specifically in Pará, about the death of a North American missionary naturalized Brazilian. Sister Dorothy Stang was murdered with six shots, one in the head and five around the body, with 73 years of age. Ten years after her death constituents remain free, showing the impunity reaching these conflicts in the region.
THE AMAZONIA IS NOT HERE
MICK DOUGLAS + AMAARA RAHEEM NZ
Mick Douglas presented three-part solo durational performance works for Performance Arcade:
‘Container Walk’ 2013, ‘Carriage’ 2014, and ‘Return’ 2015. He recently undertook a series of ‘Circulations’ performance installation works in Croatia, Bahamas, Rarotonga, Japan, Melbourne and Manila that explored salt to activate encounters in the dynamic inter-relations of locality and globality. Mick was
artistic director of ‘Performing Mobilities’, the Australian cluster of the Performance Studies International 2015 project ‘Fluid States’, and is a creative practice researcher at RMIT University Melbourne.
Amaara Raheem is a performer who makes her own works and collaborates with others to create live events situated in galleries. She recently performed Temporary Title by Xavier Le Roy at Carriageworks (2015) & Centre Pompidou (2016). Commissioned by Ovalhouse (London, 2013) she created Shield in response to the aboriginal bark shield housed at the British Museum. Awarded ‘23 Days at Sea’ by Access Gallery Amaara recently crossed the Pacific Ocean sailing from Vancouver to Shanghai on cargo ship creating a series of responses for exhibition upon her return. In her subsequent residency at Burrard Marina Field House (Vancouver) Amaara presented ‘Now.Here’ - a live event that explored the role of ‘guest-as-host’, inviting audiences into her residence to share food, memories, drift and other acts of habitation.