Xavier Cha with Rafael Reynoso: A Discussion of Recent Work

Work by Xavier Cha
abduct (2015), video still.
Work by Xavier Cha
Body Drama (2011), performance; HD video projection, Whitney Museum of American Art. photo / Sheldan C. Collins
abduct (2015), video still. Body Drama (2011), performance; HD video projection, Whitney Museum of American Art. photo / Sheldan C. Collins

Xavier Cha's performance-based work revolves around modes of accessibility, exchange, and hierarchies of space and perception. Collaboration is often at play in her performances: Cha has invited actors, dancers, musicians, programmers, cults, and clowns, among many other non-artist performers, to not only participate in her projects, but also to become protagonists in the work. Through these events, Cha formalizes subjectivity within contemporary culture, isolating elements of production, perception, and communication into bare, abstract, and often illogical experience. In stripping away extraneous content, she reveals phantasmic qualities of consumption, trends, and cultural engagement.

Cha's work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the New Museum, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, the Institute of Contemporary Art, de la Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space, The Kitchen, Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art (U.K.), the Sculpture Center, Asia Society Museum, and the Hammer Museum, among other galleries and museums throughout the U.S. and Europe. She was the recipient of the 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship in the visual arts.

Cha will be joined by Rafael Reynoso, a choreographer, performer, and martial artist as well as Cha's frequent collaborator. Reynoso is choreographing and performing in Cha's piece at the spring 2016 Public Art Fund benefit in New York.

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