Saakred: TRANS ACT ONE // Learning in Public // MASS Gallery
Using a collection of personal belongings and a week’s worth of work, TRANS: ACT ONE grants witness to the life, struggle, and magic that is being post-gender in a world of TRANS.
This is only my narrative.
OPEN STUDIO: Thursday October 26, 6 – 8pm
PUBLIC RECEPTION: Saturday October 28, 7 – 10pm; performance at 8pm
October 21 – 28, 2017, MASS Gallery is proud to present our final artist in the Learning in Public performance series, Saakred. A recent transplant to Austin, TX via a year abroad at the Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughn, Ireland, Saakred reflects the personal immediacy and urgency of gender deconstructive, reconstructive, and abolitionist narratives in both contemporary and archaic space. As a trans-identified artist, existence in the Liminal has become defining to their practice; that is, the life-long ritual of transforming the body to be closer inline to the spirit in a seemingly static world – and the expressions that follow. Inspired by the fervor of the Russian Avant-Garde and the lasting imaginations of MADÍ, TRANS: ACT ONE serves as the beginning to a larger, formal exploration in drawing, architecture, and theater including but not limited to costume, light and sound design. Saakred’s residence at MASS will be their second feature in Austin, following their debut performance in support of artist and friend, Devendra Banhart.
Saakred (Austin, TX) pushes sound, corporeality, and political imagery to the boundaries. What began as an adolescent search for freedom quickly grew into a conceptual stage for testing the limits of vulnerability in public space. Through sensorial experimentalism and an intentional push against the heteronormative standards of male-dominated scenes, Saakred’s current work reflects the personal immediacy and urgency of gender deconstructive, reconstructive, and abolitionist narratives in both contemporary and archaic space. As a trans-identified artist, existence in the Liminal has become defining to their practice; that is, the life-long ritual of transforming the body to be closer inline to the spirit in a seemingly static world – and the expressions that follow.
Founded in 2006, MASS Gallery is a collectively run nonprofit gallery and project space based in Austin, Texas. Consisting of a cast culled from Austin’s rich community of artists, writers, musicians and educators, MASS members jointly contribute to the daily operations and strategic planning of exhibitions, programming and events.
MASS Gallery impacts the creative culture of Austin by cultivating a physical space for open engagement with a multiplicity of interests and acts of art making.
Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based phenomena, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.
Our series will feature a diverse myriad of artists including Mosaico Experiencia (ATX), Daphane Park (CDMX), Saakred (ATX), Dorian Wood (LA) and is presented in collaboration with COTFG, an Austin-based volunteer-run arts organization supporting creative expression and counterculture community.
The work presented by the artists in Learning in Public grapples and engages with such topics as gender identity, power, gentrification, the built, natural and spiritual environments, and self-care. With the human body and psyche at its center, Learning in Public represents a variety of experiences from ritualistic and confrontational to healing and contemplative.
The series holds space for each guest artist to be in residence for an entire week during which time they will offer at least one opportunity for the public to engage with their practice. We hope you will join us for this unique experience and encourage you to stay tuned to our website and social media feeds for announcements on artists’ events and open gallery hours.