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Performance

Immigrant Specimen by Mara Hernandez.

As a response to Trump immigration policies, particularly, the separation of young children from their families.

Part of “City On Ruins” La Pocha Nostra performance at SOMarts, 2018.

Photos by Alexander Lim & Carlos Lopez

Blank Placard Dance by Anna Halprin.

The original Blank Placard Dance was performed in 1967 in San Francisco in reaction to the Vietnam War and in response to social unrest in the USA.

It is a silent walk carrying blank placards and silently marching down the busy streets of the city. When people asked “What are you protesting ?», the marchers answered, “What do YOU want to protest”? and collected their answers.

This performance is emblematic of the cycle of works Anna Halprin developed from 1965.

She explores the political dimension of performance and its inscription on urban space, at the crossroads of happening, street theater and activist art. She searches to test social and institutional constraints, to trouble the frontier between performers and audiences and to encourage direct experience as both an artistic as well as a political commitment.

DeYoung Museum of San Francisco, 2018.