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.
Sean Fader | Thirst/Trap
Thirst/Trap bookends the past twenty years of LGBTQIA history, looking back to 1999-2000 as a crucial moment. The past twenty-year period saw the rise of the internet, and Fader’s project examines the role of digital photography and queer representation (or lack of it) at the beginning and end of this two-decade transformation.
Best Lives is a series of collaborative portraits focuses on the role of the digital photograph today, and it addresses the messy pleasures and conflicting impulses that characterize the queer uses of digital portrait photography in social media. In accordance with his sitters’ self-visualizations, Fader created these large-scale, heroic portraits—each with their own ornate, custom, gilded frame. Best Lives began with a custom smartphone app built by Fader that searched Instagram for images with at least one of thirty popular queer hashtags such as #instagay, #nonbinary, and #genderfluid. These images were then sorted by geotag and alerted Fader if they were within a ten-mile radius. Once notified, Fader then wrote to the poster to ask if they would be interested in meeting to talk and make a collaborative photograph.
Google Earth Interactive Tour
2019-2020 This is one of the two channel video of ‘Insufficient Memory’ projected in the back room of Sean Fader’s exhibition ‘Thirst/Trap’.vThe full project is virtually accessible to anyone with access to the internet, online via a Google Earth Interactive Tour anyone can visit all of the sites, view the photographs, and read the stories Fader unearthed and wrote about them.
Sean Fader (b.1985) holds an MA in digital arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Fader’s recent solo show for Spring/Break Arts Show with Denny Gallery was #365ProfilePics. #365ProfilePics was developed during residencies at Yaddo, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, and the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Fader received a faculty enrichment grant from FIT and a materials grant from Yaddo to support #365ProfilePics. Recent performances include #ferwings at Bemis Center for Contemporary Art and Socrates Sculpture Park, and Yaass Gaga at Satellite Art Show (Miami). Previous solo shows include #wishingpelt at Defibrillator Gallery (Chicago), Spring Break Art Show (NYC), and Pulse Art Fair (NYC), and Sup? at the University of Illinois in Springfield. Group shows include White Boys, curated by Hank Willis Thomas (Haverford College); New Portraits, curated by Richard Prince (Gagosian in New York City); and Share This! Appropriation After Cynicism (Denny Gallery in New York City). Recent fellowships include New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) and A Blade of Grass. Recent press includes MOMUS, Hyperallergic, Art F City, Vice, Art/Slant, Art News, Gothamist, NY1, the Huffington Post, and Slate. Recent awards include the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward Award for Emerging Photographers. Fader is based in Brooklyn.