Performa Presents

Laura Lima

Gala Chickens and Ball

350 Broadway
New York, NY 10013


For Performa 15, Brazilian artist Laura Lima presents Gala Chickens and Ball, her first live work in the United States, a series of semi-orchestrated events and encounters that displace commonly held assumptions about the nature of performance and performers.

Lima combines two earlier works, Gala Chickens (2004/2011) and Ball (2003-2004), in this piece conceived specifically for New York City. Gala Chickens and Ball’s plural and open character is realized over the course of several days, where preparations leading up to the culminating event, such as décor and floral arrangements, catering, and costumes, and ultimately the finale on Saturday, November 21st at 8pm, are manifested in collaboration with invited and impromptu participants.  Ornamental chickens, adorned in specially adhered Carnival feathers in a dazzling array of colors and housed in a sculptural installation, are central actors and instigators pointing to the myriad possibilities of collective formation and action. In Gala Chickens and Ball, Lima structures a work in which time is unbound, revealing the manifold qualities that underlie everyday life, and all that is taken as a given is suspended, free to be experienced and expressed based on the participant’s (human or otherwise) desire and without the confines of a fixed agenda or anticipated outcome. 

Curated by Adrienne Edwards.

Image credit: Laura Lima, Gala Chickens and Ball, 2015. A Performa Commission. Photo by Paula Court


Supported by Galeria Luisa Strina with additional funding from Tanya Bonakdar Gallery.

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