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Paul Maheke | Performance at the High Line

A fire circle for a public hearing
June 28, 29 & 30, 2022
Starting daily at 7pm

Paul Maheke is an artist working in performance, video, sculpture, and installation. His performances are predominantly based in dance and movement, often accompanied by poetic voice-overs or scripts; they explore the ways that bodies can act as archives of history and personal experience.

A fire circle for a public hearing develops Maheke’s ongoing engagement with the potential of the body as an archive; the performance addresses how history, memory, and identity are formed. In the work, three performers channel different characters as if possessed by ghostly entities. Their movements and dialogue explore hypervisibility and erasure as they play out in historical marginalization and contemporary political movements. On the High Line, Maheke brings this compelling performance to the US for the first time.

Advance registration is encouraged. Walk-ups are welcome. Click here for registration and further information.

Image: Paul Maheke, A fire circle for a public hearing (2018). Installation view, Chisenhale Gallery, 2018. Produced by Chisenhale Gallery, London. Commissioned by Chisenhale Gallery and Vleeshal Center for Contemporary Art, Middelburg. Photo: Mark Blower