Thursday, May 2, 2024
7 – 8:30 pm EDT
Performance Space, 150 First Ave, New York, NY 10009

“All of who I am now lies on a continuum—I no longer operate to fulfill roles that were illusions to begin with.”

In this deeply personal and introspective performance, Chella Man shares their narrative of self-determination, grief, healing, and reclamation of one’s body through tattooing and explorations of their scars from the medical industrial complex. To Man, piercing their skin is an act of erosion, revealing what lies beneath the surface, both within the body and the broader societal constructs we navigate. The piece compiles revelations of liberation that have become their leading values in life. Shattering the constraints of binary thinking, the performance celebrates queer, disabled, and trans bodies. Transcending visuals, Autonomy lives as an embodied experience, a testament to resilience and adaptability. Chella Man explores the continuum of art, disability, gender, and race by adapting and navigating their body as a mutable canvas for profound self-expression.

Tickets: $25 General Admission; $15 Accessible Wheelchair or Companion Tickets; Please email if you have any ticket inquiries.

This program is presented in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition Overflow, Afterglow: New Work in Chromatic Figuration (May 24 – September 15, 2024).

Support for this program is provided, in part, by the Barnett and Annalee Newman Foundation. 

Chella Man, Autonomy (in process), 2024. Courtesy of the artist