Screening followed by Q&A moderated by Zeina Barakeh
Through using low-tech video and performance as narrative strategies, Tony Labat's performance/video works present candid, satirical, and uncompromising articulations of the politics of cultural alienation. For this special screening, Labat will present a selection of his pioneering performance/video works from 1977–1986.
The program will begin with a concentration on his black and white performance-body work created in Studio 9 while he was an undergraduate student at SFAI, (Solo Flight, 1977). Following this, the program will move on to Labat’s non-linear color work from 1979-1986, where Labat began incorporating post-production and editing, moving into non-linear narrative works concerned with autobiography, politics, and language.
About Tony Labat:
Since the late seventies, Cuban-born Tony Labat has developed a body of work in performance, video, sculpture, and installation dealing with the body, popular culture, identity, urban relations, politics, and the media. Labat has exhibited internationally over the last 35 years, received numerous awards and grants, and his work is in many private and public collections. Recent exhibitions include the 11th Havana Biennial; Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York; Anglim-Gilbert Gallery, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver, ASU Art Museum, Phoenix, The Basque Museum, Spain. PAC, Milan, Italy, and Figueroa-Vives Studio, Havana, Cuba. Marlborough Contemporary, New York.
Image: Tony Labat, Solo Flight,1977; video, 20 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.