Created by choreographer Sello Pesa, conceptual artist Vaughn Sadie, and the Ntsoana Contemporary Dance Theatre, Inhabitant features long-time company members Humphrey Maleka and Brian Mtembu. The artists were in residence at Galería de la Raza, the oldest artist-driven Latino space in the Mission, to realize the project.
Commissioned by the Goethe Institute - Johannesburg for performances at the Dance Umbrella in 2011 and subsequently performed in Istanbul, Inhabitant is conceived for urban spaces undergoing demographic and economic change; here, it plays out on the streets of the Mission District. The work involves a research process that culminates in street actions and a political gathering where the issues of the neighbourhood are addressed—always countered or partnered with the dancers’ movement and the possibilities of light in the area. The performers blend in and out of the crowd and passersby are invited to join in, drawing attention to everyday encounters and the movement of people through the site and creating a shifting lightscape beginning at dusk and continuing through nightfall.
Speakers: Jamie Lyons and Michael J. Asberry
Additional Performers: Chris Biggs, Mary Biggs, Pete Brandt, Lena Gatchalian, Leticia Hernández, Jillian Hibbert, Sarah Jiménez, Frederika Keefer, Abdulkarriem Khan, Kehinde Koyejo, Bolaji F. Qudus, Tomás Riley, Ani Rivera, Vanessa Sanchez, Moriah Ulinskas, Dominic Willsdon
Inhabitant was co-presented by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and Galería de la Raza as part of Public Intimacy: Art and Other Ordinary Acts in South Africa and Live Projects 4.
Inhabitant was produced by Frank Smigiel, associate curator, public programs, SFMOMA, Gina Basso, public programs associate, SFMOMA, and Ani Rivera, executive director, Galería de la Raza. AV director: Matt Walker; Galería de la Raza intern: Laura Della Guardia.
Special thanks to Ani Rivera and everyone at Galería de la Raza, Geof Teague, BART, the City of San Francisco SFMTA, the Mission Police Station, the SF Lowrider Council and the residents and merchants of the Lower 24th Street corridor.
San Francisco Media Company is the official media sponsor of Live Projects.
Editor: Vaughn Sadie
Videographers: Jim Granato, Mike Seely, Guy Campbell and Don Ross