QMAD, Queens Media Arts Development, a non for profit arts organization established in 2005, brings to New York City the Performance Art Festival, ITINERANT. This year’s festival, organized independently by artist Hector Canonge, will take place in local museums, galleries and public sites in the city of New York. ITINERANT 2015 will host the works of local, national, and international artists working in Performance Art and its various manifestations. The festival will take place from November 12 – 21, 2015, and will feature works that best reflect the city’s diversity and ever growing multicultural artistic concerns and themes: “Race and Corporal Embodiments,” “Queering Gender & Identity,” and “Migratory Patterns”. Forty-eight national and international artists are expected to perform at various locations throughout the city through Nov. 21.
The opening-night performance was just one of a number of shows designed to place the spotlight on live-action art in New York City over the next week. Six performers from as far afield as China, Spain and Puerto Rico put on an eclectic and engaging show in the unlikely, but surprisingly intimate setting of the atrium at PS 69 in Jackson Heights. Past experience, family roots, and the struggles of being an artist formed the basis of Huisi He’s routine “Seven Minutes Piece“, one of the featured performances of the night.
Huisi He is a New York-based and Chinese-born artist. She received her B.A. in Communication and Journalism from the Hunan Normal University in China and M.F.A. in Studio Art from the Florida State University in 2015. In 2007, her cultural rebellion made her leave her country, and in 2009, she studied contemporary art in the United States. She always believes that art chose her when she tried to find freedom of expression. In the past years of art practice, making art has been a healing process for her to let go the negativity of her experiences in China. Now she is working and living in the New York City.