Shirley Harthey Ubilla – Abject of Desire (UNPLUGGED)

Thursday 7 Oct kl. 17:30,  M/S Borgila Södermälarstrand kajplats 16

Shirley Harthey Ubilla – Abject of Desire (UNPLUGGED)
In this showing you will see an excerpt of the solo work Abject of Desire (2018) followed by a conversation about the performance and Shirley’s upcoming piece Yet Familiar (2021).

About the performance
”ABJECTION refers to the human reaction (horror, vomit) to a threatened breakdown in meaning caused by the loss of the distinction between subject and object or between self and other”

”DESIRE is to want something strongly. A wish or craving. A large, desperate feeling or need. To express a wish; request. Sexual appetite; lust.”

Abject of Desire portrays an agency that constantly relates to contradictory processes. By doing otherness, Shirley Harthey Ubilla directs the voyeur’s eye, whose perception becomes the mirror of the subject. In pursuit of ownership of the self, carnal desires are embodied by extensions and dislocations of the otherwise despised. In this performance, the focus is directed towards questions regarding lesbianism and race.

Idea and concept: Shirley Harthey Ubilla & Hanna Kisch
Choreography: Shirley Harthey Ubilla
Costume design and Scenography: Hanna Kisch & Nina Johansson
Wigmaker: Jessica Hedin
Music and sound design: Maya Lourenço
Light design: Angela X
Artistic advisor: Halla Olafsdottir

About Shirley Harthey Ubilla
Shirley Harthey Ubilla is a Chilean-Swedish performance artist and choreographer based in Estocolmo. Shirley’s work builds partly on the street genre and its traditions and partly on contemporary performative practices. Focusing on desire, shifts in power and queer sexuality, she is interested in how projections of gender and racialization is created between bodies.

She is currently working on the piece Yet Familiar (2021) that premieres at MDT in November.
Recent work includes her debut solo performance Abject of Desire (2018) and reperformances of Marina Abramović Freeing series and Art must be beautiful, Artist must be beautiful at the Modern Art Museum in Stockholm (2017). She is also a member of the dance and performance group JUCK.