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Mother the Verb: a conversation with Javier Stell-Frésquez
8 April 2019
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Following a residency at Brighton’s Marlborough Theatre, ONCA is delighted to welcome Javier Stell-Frésquez – one of the artists behind Mother the Verb – to the gallery to share video extracts of the piece and discuss the themes of the work.
Mother The Verb is a performance with an air of ritual, fed by dance, text and video. Within a queer perspective, Javier and creative collaborator Ivy Monteiro propose a tender and complex study of the term and concept of motherhood. Denouncing the toxicity of post-colonial systems towards human relationships as well as towards the Earth, Mother The Verb expresses the possibility of a transfigured and redeeming relationship to motherhood.
“Because our nursing infants are at the top of the food chain, they inherit a body burden of industrial contaminants from our blood by way of our milk; thus are we part of the landfill, colonized.”
– Katsi Cook, Mohawk Native American Scholar and Midwife
Javier Stell-Frésquez (Piru & Tigua Native American from El Paso, Texas) is a performance artist and choreographer working with a variety of dance forms including flamenco and vogue. She produces Two-Spirit performance festivals and community events in SF Bay Area and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stanford University. Javier also facilitates discussions and workshops on decolonial equity frameworks and Indigenous Land Acknowledgments.
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