Jesús Hilario-Reyes (New York City)

Akin to the Hurricane

Sunday 16 October 2022, 8.45pm9.45pm

Balsall Heath
Birmingham, B12 9AN
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European Premiere

60 mins


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Jesus Hilario Reyes on stilts surrounded by wooden statues carved from tree trunks

Continuing an iterative series that began in 2018, this impromptu sound performance utilises the symbolic space of the hurricane to question ideas of sovereignty and belonging. This is an effort to exercise fugitivity as a point of agency, autonomy and potentiality.

Artist Statement

As an interdisciplinary artist, my practice is situated at the crossroads of sonic performance, land installation, and expanded cinema. In my iterative works, I largely explore the impossibility of the black body, the failure of mechanical optics, and the reverb of cultural dissonance. By fragmenting my own positionality and history -I utilize familial footage, 3d animation, and land practices to remedy environmental and political disruption and to question ideas of comfort and belonging.

Through the examination of queer rave culture and carnival practices, my work takes on a necessary satirical approach to undermine the systems at play. In the act of reconciliation with generational and environmental trauma, I remap my body as a site of multitude, to fracture the autobiographical nature of my work.


Fierce Says

At the end of each festival we always ask the visiting artists who we should invite to the next one. After her incredible performance at Fierce Festival 2019 Keijaun Thomas recommended we get to know the work of Jesús Hilario-Reyes, and of course it didn't disappoint! Having also performer at this year's Rhubarb Festival in Toronto, you're in for a treat!


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