During my time visiting Martinique for the International Performance Art Festival (FIAP 2019), I was introduced to several new performance artists, performance curators and critics. It was refreshing to witness the niche discipline of performance art being supported by a week-long festival. I also had an opportunity to witness work from a few familiar artists including that of the well known Brooklyn-based performance artist, Miao Jiaxin.
Miao presented a durational performance entitled Border within the Fort de France's central Meat Market. Despite the age and heavy use of the location, Miao offered a very orderly installation composed of 2 cans of paint, 3 smoke alarms, 2 plastic basins, 2 traffic cones all sitting on top of a paper runway. Following the performance, I interviewed Miao to learn more about the material selections and conceptual intent.
My art is trying to be emotionlessly emotional. Because I am wordlessly anxious.