With Josefina Báez, Nicolás Dumit Estévez, César Martínez and Orlando Menicucci
Alanna Lockward, Curator
Días Hábiles: Tácticas Celulares para la Nueva Economía Política del Sentido was the first international performance showcase ever presented in the Dominican Republic. It was hosted by the III Festival Internacional de Teatro de Santo Domingo, and co-sponsored by the Centro Cultural de la Embajada de España, in 2001. This epistemic challenging project created situation-specific city interventions, such as the cannibalism of César Martínez (Mexico, 1962) at Museo del Hombre Dominicano, were audience members devoured an immense man of dark chocolate, Hombre de Ébano y Sol, addressing issues of racism and nationhood in the only island in the Caribbean with a border dividing two nations: Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Nicolás Dumit Estévez (Santiago de Los Treinta Caballeros, 1967), toured with La Papa Móvil through La Parte Alta, a poor and overpopulated urban area, surrounded by a caravan of men on motorbikes dressed in Star Trek fashion. La Papa Móvil also distributed flyers as a bonus: coupons that were redeemed at the entrance to the Museum of Modern Art for five pounds of potatoes.
Josefina Báez presented for the first and only time in the Dominican Republic during its ten years of existence, her acclaimed piece Dominicanish, articulating traditional Indian dance, poetry, identity politics, politic and Gender.
As an appropriate epilogue to Días Hábiles, a reception was held in honor of Orlando Menicucci, where the artist spoke informally about the first time-based pieces he and his colleagues created in the 1970s. At the end he received a symbolic check from the Bank of the Spirit, and a more modest and “real” one by the sponsors.