The Weight of Inheritance | October 26, 2018 PDF Print E-mail

Photo by Gonzalo Tejada

The Weight of Inheritance
Lisa Crossman
The Mills Gallery
October 26, 2018

Inheritance is defined by what one receives—be it a “gift,” a “burden” or both—depending on the context. Inheritance is commonly used to refer to monetary or physical property that is passed from one generation to the next, as well as the physical attributes and genetic qualities received from one’s parents.

The Weight of Inheritance brings together four artists to explore, through performance art, the concept of inheritance as it relates to gender, class, race, ethnicity, and how these classifications fit within cultural and economic structures (e.g., art history, history, capitalism, politics). With an emphasis on process, guest artists will collectively and individually consider how the body, movement and objects carry the weight of inheritance. The centrality of the body in performance art makes it a key form through which to critically engage the idea of inheritance.

Each artist’s diverse practice and formative perspectives will enhance the address of “inheritance” and its “weight.”



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