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Questions of Practice: Ernesto Pujol on Reciprocal Relationships with Communities

Performance artist and social choreographer Ernesto Pujol visited the Center in May 2017 for a conversation about what he describes as “socially-engaged choreographies.” In the video that follows, Pujol guides us through the multifaceted process involved in creating group performances based on a reciprocal relationship with the engaged community. “I create a system of checks and balances throughout,” Pujol says. “I welcome a grassroots supervision by the very people of the place who are letting me in.”

A performance artist and social choreographer, Ernesto Pujol is known for ephemeral, site-specific installation projects and durational group performances publicly addressing individual and collective repressed memories. The author of Sited Body, Public Visions: silence, stillness & walking as Performance Practice, as well as numerous published essays on art education reform, Pujol’s work is held in the collections of the Bronx Art Museum, New York; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Museo Rufino Tamayo, Mexico City; among others.