I am an independent curator-artist, practice-based researcher, DIY producer and activist whose practice is hinged around the performative, and often marked by excess. Through repetition, intensity and parody I seek to hone the concepts of intersectionality not only as an analytical framework, but as a practice rooted in queer-feminist kinship and collaboration, and deeply influenced by the politics and philosophy of punk. In my work I am exploring themes of violence, denaturalizing strategies and emancipation in the here and now, how we conceive and engage with space/bodies and borders/boundaries, and the representations and identification processes involved in sexuality, gender, and race construction.
The kind of curating that I have developed is akin to a spatialized mashup practice through which we can tackle questions and hypotheses revolving around the ways in which we inhabit the world/space/our bodies/our relations, and always cultivating hybridity. It is a performative, conceptual and material art practice geared toward social transformation, holding space for folks to foster modes of being – modes of recognition and social relations – that aren’t granted by the State, its institutions, and capital. Acknowledging performance’s capacity to generate different modes of recognition/inhabiting/knowing/feeling, my practice is occupied with minoritarian belonging. I am interested in the survival of the weirdos, queers, femmes and freaks. They are my collaborators, audience, and participants.
Mitsu Salmon creates original performance and visual works, which fuse multiple disciplines. She was born in the melting pot of Los Angeles to a Japanese mother and American father. Her creation in differing mediums, the translation of one medium to another, is connected to the translation of differing cultures and languages.
Salmon received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2014. In 2005 she graduated from NYU where she majored in Experimental Theater, studying theater and visual arts. She has lived in India, England, Germany, Amsterdam, Japan, and Bali.
She has performed solo work at places such Performance Space 122, Dance Theater Workshop, Highways Performance Space and internationally at Hebbel Am Uffer, the Berlin Performance Art Festival, London Performance Art Festival and Urbanguild in Kyoto, Japan.
She has collaborated with England based theatre group, the Solvents, John Jesurun and extensively with Open Gate Theater. She has been awarded Los Angeles Getty Multicultural Internship Grant, Tisch Scholarship, SAIC MFA Grant and artist residencies at Earthdance in Massachusetts and at Villa Pandan Harum in Bali, Indonesia.