Despite our inability to produce live events this year, we've been given an opportunity to reflect back on the incredibly daring and powerful performances presented during our Alive At Satellite events over the past 4 years. If feels like yesterday that we were trying to visualize a non-stop performance art space within an art fair. Would it actually work? It did, and it has been an incredible honor to spotlight nearly 200 artists since our first event.
The opening day of our very first Alive at Satellite event was Sean Fader's Yessss Gaga, Slay Momma! performed by local Miami drag performer, Queef Latina. Yessss Gaga, Slay Momma! featured an acapella chorus of millennial singers (and Queef Latina) streaming selfie videos with the new Sospendo hands free selfie sticks. The chorus sang for nearly 2 hours at the front entrance of Satellite, encouraging all guests to shoot their own videos and pics with the repeated phrase "Yessss Gaga, Slay Momma!" It was a comedic and jovial piece while also tapping into the cultural obsession with selfie and social media representation.
Sean Fader is a photographer, performance artist and educator. We reconnected with Sean about how he's doing during the pandemic.
PERFORMANCE IS ALIVE: You presented Yasssssss Gaga, Slay Momma at Satellite in 2016, have you performed this work again?
SEAN FADER: Nope.
PIA: Where are you currently located?
SF: New Orleans, LA. USA
PIA: Are you teaching during the pandemic?
SF: I am teaching in person.. And it has been the beautiful marriage of a dumpster fire, train wreck, and crusty the clown.
PIA: Are you currently presenting and/or preparing for future performance projects?
SF: Not currently but of course yes! I had a show up (THIRST/TRAP) at Denny Dimin Gallery, June 18th - August 21st.
PIA: Has the pandemic impacted your art practice?
SF: Totally! My show at DDG went up and changed a ton!
PIA: We recommend checking out this interview focused on Fader's recent exhibition, THIRST/TRAP.