August Performance
Understudy for Animal Farm
Saturday August 23 from 5-8pm, & Sunday, August 24 from 3-7pm
Ligia Bouton

Understudy for Animal Farm is an interactive performance that explores issues of power, status, and identity. The work begins with ten individual pig masks (or hoods) fashioned out of pillowcases and designed to be handled and worn. Gallery visitors and passers-by are invited to choose a pig to try on. Once the participant puts on a pig hood, their photograph taken in a small "set" composing a rural vignette made up of drawings, photographs, wallpaper, and text. Each photograph is later loaded onto a dedicated website for the project. Individual images become visible on the site once the original participant has "unlocked" the image with an access code. In this way, the viewer takes on responsibility for their image by making it public. By inviting viewers to interact directly withUnderstudy for Animal Farm, Bouton questions and exposes the roles we all play in maintaining power hegemonies and hierarchies.

Ligia Bouton was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and spent her childhood in London, England. She received her education at Vassar College and at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Recent projects have been shown at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington D.C., Guildhall Gallery in London, SITE Santa Fe, the New Mexico Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Past projects have been installed in New York at Bill Maynes Gallery and Denise Bibro Fine Art, and in New Jersey at City Without Walls. Reviews of Bouton's work have appeared in Art in America, Art Papers, The Philadelphia Enquirer and The New York Times. Bouton's video work has been shown at Art Claims Impulse in Berlin, in the Biennial of Contemporary Art, Nimes, France, and at the Temporary Art Center, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, as well as in The Female Avant Garde Festival in Prague.

Ligia Bouton is currently a Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Foundations at the University of New Mexico, and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with her family.