Gabrielle Civil & Miguel Gutierrez

Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. Her writing and translations can be found in the anthologies Kitchen Table Translation, Walk Towards It, and Writing through the Visual and the Virtual. She has also guest-edited special issues of Aster(ix) and Obsidian and contributed to Small Axe, Art21, Two Lines, and Something on Paper. She has premiered almost fifty original solo and collaborative performance art works around the world, including a year-long investigation as a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico and a trilogy of diaspora grief works after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. Her memoir in performance art Swallow the Fish was named by Entropy as a “Best Non Fiction Book of 2017.” Her forthcoming book Experiments in Joy engages race, performance, and collaboration. The aim of her work is to open up space.
Miguel Gutierrez’s current fascination is thinking about how being a queer Latin-American dance artist relates to the legacy of (predominantly white) abstraction. This will be the conceptual framework for a new group piece for Latinx performers called This Bridge Called My Ass. Other current activities: a cabaret show called SADONNA (sad versions of Madonna songs), running LANDING – an educational and mentoring program at Gibney, touring the Bessie award winning John Bernd project (co-directed with Ishmael Houston-Jones), touring as a musician with Colin Self in Jen Rosenblit and Simone Aughterlony’s Everything Fits in the Room, writing a TV show with his sister about their family, writing a second book, and working as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner.