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Performance by LaToya Ruby Frazier

On May 1,  LaToya Ruby Frazier staged a performance as part of the Biennial 2012 exhibition, in which Youth Insights (YI) teens played a special role. Frazier worked with YI teens as an artist-in-residence while her work was on view and her multimedia performance continued the themes of her work in the Biennial: an exploration of media, advertising, poverty, and identity. After the performance began with a video created by Frazier, YI participants and audience members took part by cutting pieces from a large banner until all that remained was a Martin Luther King, Jr. quotation. YI teens who took part were interviewed for a documentary by the non-profit group Art21. For more information about this event, read a teen’s perspective at the Whit blog.

YI Leader Elleni, among other teens, participates in LaToya Ruby Frazier’s performance by cutting pieces from the large banner. Photograph by Carda Burke

YI Leader Elleni, among other teens, participates in LaToya Ruby Frazier’s performance by cutting pieces from the large banner. Photograph by Carda Burke