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Our Sophisticated Denial

Artists Television Access Gallery, San Francisco

November 24, 2017 (The Day After Thanksgiving a.k.a. Black Friday)

Our Sophisticated Denial

San Francisco, November 2017

 

A 5-hour durational performance challenging passersby on Valencia Street in San Francisco's Mission district to confront their consumption patterns on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving). 

Artists Jen Fedrizzi and Kat Culture (Katie Williams) collected trash over the course of two months---specifically disposable waste products in order to highlight our culture's single-use mentality. Trash was slowly dropped into the gallery window with increasing intensity, until the performers were obliterated in disposable waste.

As we continue to pollute our waterways, oceans, and deplete the earth's natural resources, is there enough time, and/or collective care, to turn back? Or, will we one day indeed "drown" in our own trash?

Also, enjoy the unedited video from the street.


This is how it happens

San Francisco Art Institute, Walter & McBean Galleries, San Francisco

A performance as part of the Mel Ziegler A Living Thing Flag Exchange Project

March 2017

This is how it happens

San Francisco, March 2017

  • Concept & Creative Direction: Katie Williams & Jacob Rafati
  • Performers: Roxanne Black & Johnny Nguyen (Johnny Rawkit)
  • Cube Installation & Paintings: Kat Culture & Jacob Rafati
  • Original soundtrack: Angela Lee
  • Photography: Mrk Photography

Katie Williams and Jacob Rafati's inauguration day street performance is reworked for a gallery showing at SFAI as a part of Mel Ziegler's Flag Exchange.

Mel Ziegler traveled across the United States collecting tattered flags, and replacing them with new, pristine ones. The tattered flags are on display, and he invited performers to do performance pieces with the backdrop of his collected flags.

What better setting for a second showing of "Pry this art from my dead hands, you fascists," now reworked as "This is how it happens," a telling of how fascism comes to power by silencing certain groups.


Pry this art from my cold dead hands, you fascists

Market Street, San Francisco

January 20,  2017 (Inauguration Day)

This is how it happens

San Francisco, March 2017

  • Concept & Creative Direction: Katie Williams & Jacob Rafati
  • Performers: Roxanne Black & Johnny Nguyen (Johnny Rawkit)
  • Cube Installation & Paintings: Katie Williams & Jacob Rafati
  • Original soundtrack: Angela Lee
  • Photography: Mrk Photography

As a response to the Presidential inauguration of 2017, artists Jacob Rafati and Katie Williams staged a silent protest for Market Street in San Francisco. 

As throngs of protestors marched in the streets, Roxanne Black and Johnny Nguyen were enclosed in plexiglass cubes and slowly and methodically painted---stripe by stripe, until they were completely covered in the spirit of American nationalism.

This piece asks viewers what price we pay for blind nationalism? Whose voices are silenced, and what do we lose as a collective nation in that silencing?


Confrontation

Merchants of Reality, San Francisco

February 4, 2017

Confrontation

San francisco, February 4, 2017

An improvised two-hour durational performance piece involving dance and live painting of a 6' x 4' canvas.