Theses Master's


Perdomo, Brandon

SHEDDINGSOMETHINGSHEDDING is space where practice meets testimony, as independent artists share their stories of becoming in a reimagining of a salon-style gathering in a digital space.

This community-driven work was conceived in New York City as the COVID-19 pandemic had both arrived and driven the city to its closure in March, 2020. Now, at the time of the first anniversary, independent artists rally and organize to share their truths, advocate & uplift one another, and share visions for a sustainable, equitable balance in the cultural sector, all while global social solidarity movements call for land-back, fights for social, professional, economic equity. Exploring both creative process and the embodied experiences that informs their practices, this multicultural and intergenerational project aims to encourage curiosity & wonder, and reclamation of narrative power to communities often both unheard and negotiated as other.

Themes explored in this work include ancestry, prejudice & discrimination, sex, LGBTQ+, anger, violence, trauma, community organizing and advocacy, prejudice & racism, fear, longing, love, solidarity, experience of being in a body, art & creation.

Creative process for the purpose of this work concerns makers of performance, visual, and social practice works, including community advocacy, building, and organizing.

Consumption is not advised on an empty stomach. Recommended settings include but are not limited to: an accompaniment of tea, legs upright on the wall, a walk along a familiar road or nature path or body of water.

Drawing Rooms feature three artists, collectives, or practices. Each feature is accompanied by audio from the interview session and accompanying media.

Each feature may be listened to as a single audio piece, or in parts, with accompanying transcription.

Each drawing room is accompanied by Printed Matter in the form of zines, each containing the transcript and art prints from the recorded sessions. They are available for purchase, with percentages of proceeds benefiting the narrator and select mutual aid groups.

Encore Sessions are recordings of related public presentations.

Brandon Perdomo is an interdisciplinary artist from the occupied territories of Lenapehoking, currently known as New York City - fascinated with self-reflection and alterity, which are the engines of his interventions. Interested in contemporary politics, ancestral negotiation, and the intricate manners in which the body is perceived in the public sphere, his social practice turns toward stories of radical self-ownership, and what it means to “become.”

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Academic Units
Oral History Master of Arts
Thesis Advisors
Sinclair, Sara
M.A., Columbia University
Published Here
May 18, 2021