Welcome to the performance It’s 10PM. Do you know where your children are by Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak! The work is part of the exhibition We Meet at Dusk, at Hordaland kunstsenter.
The performance consists of a collage of texts like news, goodbye letters, family conversations, memories, as well as statistics and research findings on POC (and) LGBTQ individuals’ social environment and psychological developments. Within the performance, stories of different families are being intertwined. Intergenerational and personal dynamics, tension between parent figures and their designated offspring, as well as notions of love, hate, desire and regret are negotiated within the duration of the action.
The choreography and costumes used in the performance are furthermore inspired by images of figures, known from folklore, oral tradition, film and art history. The focus here lies on narrations and images depicting characters that fought in various public and intimate settings of social resistance. The protagonist of the performance are Slavic and Philippine folk demons who were used to embody the feelings of being other, not fitting to a community.
Nicholas Grafia & Mikołaj Sobczak render public scenarios and site-specific situations, in which figures such as vampires, zombies, witches and healers are used as narrative and visual vehicles, in order to relate characteristics and stigmas attached to them to modern societies and their hostile ways of politically and socially alienating certain parts of their respective demographics. Their work pushes against the homogeneity often associated with folk horror tales and acknowledges the diversity of a migratory, contemporary world as the work re-appropriates folk tales within a global and queer perspective.
This performance is produced in collaboration with Hordaland Kunstsenter.
Nicholas Grafia (b. Angeles City, Philippines) currently lives in Düsseldorf, Germany. Selected exhibitions include Elbow Room, Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen Düsseldorf, Düsseldorf (forthcoming); In-Visible Realness, PS120, Berlin; Body Works, State Art Gallery, Sopot; Pride & Prejudice: New Practices of Dignity, Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw. Grafia holds an MFA from the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf, 2019, from the class of Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. He has previously studied at the Kunstakademie Münster and British, American and Postcolonial Studies at the University of Münster, Germany.
Mikołaj Sobczak graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts Warsaw (PL) in the Studio of Spatial Activities, followed by a scholarship at Universität der Künste Berlin (DE), and studied as well at Kunstakademie Münster (DE). He is also a resident artist at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam (NL). He works in video, paintings and ceramics, often including performative actions as well. His most recent exhibitions include shows at MoMA (Warsaw), Museum Ludwig (Cologne), Capitain Petzel Gallery (Berlin).