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A hotel cleaning staff teams up with professional dancers to create a dance performance exploring labor and the body.
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What is Clean Labor

Created by artist Brendan Fernandes, Clean Labor is a contemporary dance performance that make visible what is too often overlooked — the work of cleaning professionals whose contributions ensure that our homes, offices, schools, hotels, and public spaces are safe, clean, and livable.

Brendan is collaborating with cleaning professionals at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn to design an original, contemporary dance inspired by the movements and routines involved in their work. The resulting performance explores the similarities between the graceful and methodical movements of cleaning and those of dance, establishing a dialogue between the two, physically demanding professions and making us all more aware of how our bodies shape and are shaped by the work we do.

About the Performances 

On Sunday, March 5, Clean Labor will be performed at the Wythe Hotel. Dancers will be joined by the Wythe Hotel’s cleaning staff in this very special performance. While the cleaners make up the room, the performers will take their movements and gestures as inspiration. The performance will take place in numerous rooms throughout the Wythe as well as in the Ides Rooftop Bar.

The performance is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are required. Reserve your spot by pledging to our campaign!

Clean Labor will also be performed at the VIP opening of the Armory Show art fair. Additional performances in the NYC area will be announced soon. Please stay tuned.

A special performance of Clean Labor will be presented at the Armory VIP opening party hosted at the BMW Showroom in midtown.

Why Kickstarter 

Kickstarter is about creating an ever expanding community. Through Clean Labor, we want to move beyond the art world. We want to engage as many people as possible in a conversation about immigrant rights, the inherent value of their labor, and the struggles they face gaining the recognition they deserve. We hope that you - the Kickstarter community - help us accomplish this ambitious, but worthwhile goal. 

In Touch, 2015
In Touch, 2015

About the Artist

Brendan Fernandes is a Canadian artist of Kenyan and Indian descent. As the son of immigrants, he has long been interested in how we perceive and value the labor of those who strive for a better life in a new country. Clean Labor is a continuation of this ongoing exploration through dance, movement, and art. Past projects include We As One, Still Move, and Night Shift.

His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, including at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Art and Design New York, Art in General, the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, Brooklyn Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Mass MoCA, and The Andy Warhol Museum. He is currently artist in residence and faculty at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.

We As One by Brendan Fernandes
We As One by Brendan Fernandes

About More Art

More Art commissions groundbreaking artists to create public art projects that meaningfully engage communities across New York City. For over a decade, we’ve worked with seminal artists including Joan Jonas, Pablo Helguera, Dread Scott, Andres Serrano, and many more to produce and present innovative works of public art that serve as platforms for open dialog and catalysts for new ideas and strategies in the pursuit of social justice. This, in addition to our outreach, education, and engagement programs have made More Art a leader in the New York City cultural community.

Partners 

 More Art is very excited to present Clean Labor in collaboration with the Armory Show 2017, the Wythe Hotel, BMW, and Sotheby's. Thanks also to the Abrons Art Center for providing rehearsal space.

Rewards

Artist Designed Iron on Patch
Artist Designed Iron on Patch

 

Clean Labor Door Tag
Clean Labor Door Tag

 

Artist Designed Pins
Artist Designed Pins

 

See Clean Labor at the Ides Rooftop Bar
See Clean Labor at the Ides Rooftop Bar

 

See the Performance in the Wythe Hotel Rooms
See the Performance in the Wythe Hotel Rooms

 

Still Move Monograph signed by the Artist
Still Move Monograph signed by the Artist

 

Limited Edition MARKED SPACE caution tape
Limited Edition MARKED SPACE caution tape

 

Day Pass to the Armory + Toast with the Artist
Day Pass to the Armory + Toast with the Artist

 

 

Be a VIP at the Armory!
Be a VIP at the Armory!

 

Limited Edition Move In Place Digital Print
Limited Edition Move In Place Digital Print

 

Limited Edition Seven Intimate Digital Print
Limited Edition Seven Intimate Digital Print

 All rewards are tax deductible and More Art will provide a letter with the tax deductible amount with every donation. 

Risks and challenges

In producing this project we fully expect to hit our fair share of speed bumps and slow downs. But we’re a scrappy bunch with a combined half century of experience partnering with numerous community organizations, working with the city, and producing public art.

Got a project that involved senior immigrants, first generation artists, and grassroots activism? Please turn your attention to our Engaging Artists Residency Program. Do we need to work with three separate government agencies to screen the film in public parks? Yeah, we’ve done that. (What’s up DOT!) Is there the aftermath of a hurricane in the way of exhibiting the work? Yep, Sandy hit right before we presented Abraham Lincoln: War Veteran Projection by Krzysztof Wodiczko in Union Square. With the right combination of pleading and smooth talk we got the job done.

Basically what we’re saying is - when the going gets tough - which it will, we become public art ninjas. Trust us.

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    Sketch of Clean Labor Choreography

    We'll email you a hand drawn, original score of Clean Labor, showing you how Brendan imagined and envisioned the performance.

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    Clean Labor Video

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    Clean Labor Door Sign

    Uniquely designed "Do Not Disturb" door sign created just for Clean Labor! Let your roommates and loved ones know when you're in or out.

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    Artist Designed Iron On Patch

    Created just for this Kickstarter Campaign and inspired by Brendan's much lauded From Hiz Hands project, a reimagining of the African mask presented at the Seattle Art Museum, these artist designed iron on patches are a great way to wear your support for Clean Labor.

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    Artist Designed Pin

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    Clean Labor at the Wythe's Ides Bar

    Join us for Clean Labor at the Wythe Hotel Ides Rooftop Bar. This 1 hour performance with 6 dancers will be followed by an artist talk with Brendan.

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    All Three From Hiz Hands Pins

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    Still Move Monograph

    Published by Black Dog, Still Move is the first monograph to focus on Fernandes’ use of language and dance as a means to explore power, endurance and resistance. Receive this beautiful 160 page monograph signed by Brendan as our gift!

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    Wythe Hotel Performance of Clean Labor

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    Limited Edition Clean Labor Poster

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    Armory Day Pass

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    MARKED SPACE Caution Tape

    Commissioned by Socrates Sculpture Park, MARKED Space customized caution tape, provokes questions about borders, migration, and movement in public space. "Until we fearless," it reads, the syntax suggesting the voice of a non-native English speaker. The phrase alternates with its translation into a font designed for the artist based on Morse code.

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    The Whole Experience

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    Stay at the Wythe Hotel

    Want to really participate in Clean Labor? At this level, you and a guest will be able to stay in either the Baby or Brooklyn Queen Room at the Wythe Hotel and your room will be used in the performance. You'll also be able to see the entire performance, as well as the Ides Rooftop Bar Performance.

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    Armory VIP Pass + Wythe Room Performance

    Be a Clean Labor VIP! Receive a VIP Pass to the Armory Show that gets you access to the VIP Lounges, exclusive VIP events, and numerous other concurrent art fairs. You'll also get a guaranteed RSVP to the exclusive Wythe Hotel Room performance of Clean Labor.

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    Limited Edition Move in Place Print

    Move in Place is a series of photographic collages inspired and informed by objects of African art. Images were unfolded, reassembled, and juxtaposed with body parts of ballet dancers, combining these two languages to raise questions about the ideas that shape understandings of African art within Western museums. Show your support by backing our project for this signed limited edition Move in Place Digital 16x20 framed print.

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    Move in Place + Wythe Room Performance

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    Seven Imitate Limited Edition Print

    Seven Imitate is a unique siligraph print that plays with the notions of the imitator trickster character in West African masquerade. In this print, Fernandes takes on the role of the imitator, playfully combining images of ballet body parts with images of artefacts from the Justin and Elisabeth Lang Collection of African Art. The recombinations explore the simultaneity of Fernandes' experiences as a classically trained ballet dancer, and as a Kenya immigrant. Show your support by backing our project for this signedlimited edition Seven Imitate Digital 16x20 framed print. At this backer level you’ll also receive a guaranteed RSVP for the exclusive Wythe Hotel Room performance of Clean Labor.

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    VIP Pass, Performance, & Print

    VIP Pass to the Armory which includes exclusive events and previews as well as toast with Brendan at the fair. You'll also be able to attend the very limited capacity performance of Clean Labor in the Wythe Hotel Rooms and a signed limited edition Seven Imitate Digital 16x20 framed print.

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    Attend the Armory VIP Dinner

    At this level, you'll be invited to attend the Armory VIP dinner, reserved for 100 exclusive guests at the BMW Chelsea Showroom sponsored by Sotheby's. Our Kickstarter Campaign is the ONLY place to get a ticket for this event where you will also be able to see a special performance of Clean Labor.

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    Private Performance

    Host a private performance of Clean Labor at your home, office, gallery or event space accompanied by an artist talk with Brendan. Limited to residents of New York and Chicago.

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