Nov 20: Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performance

book cover for Ricanness: Enduring Time in Anticolonial Performancea book presentation & talk with Sandra Ruiz

November 20, Tuesday, 6 to 8 pm

Performance Studies, 621 Broadway, room 612

Moving between theatre, experimental video, revolutionary protest, photography, poetry, and durational performance art, Ruiz merges the philosophical, social, and psychic at the site of non-linear aesthetic practices. In doing so, the author argues that Ricanness operates as a continual performance of bodily endurance against U.S. colonialism, unfolding via aesthetic interventions in time. In this reading, Ruiz challenges the colonization of time and our normative assumptions of negation, incompletion, exhaustion, endurance, and violence, alongside moments of pleasure, desire, and redemption. A theorization of Ricanness, as the author expresses, supplies a relational way to imagine, dream, and construct alternate forms of existence under colonialism, across bodies of water and beyond the annexation of land.


For more information, please contact the NYU Department of Performance Studies.


Presented by the NYU Department of Performance Studies and co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.