Starting at 6pm on Friday, September 12, Cuban-born and current Cannonball Artist-in-Residence Carlos Martiel will produce Sentence, a new public performance that reacts to his unnerving encounter with the urban and social experience of contemporary Miami, particularly areas of north downtown and Overtown.
Known for performances that explore the coercive interactions between the individual and the state, particularly as these revolve around race and Afro-Atlantic heritage, Martiel has enlarged the scope of his concerns with this new piece: from identity to concrete economic conditions; from autobiography to social narrative; from the kind of inscription on the body that a centralized state produces to another one that results from the more diffuse forces of economic disparity. Fully-covered by a weighty, concrete-layered bedspread bolted to the sidewalk, Martiel will lay naked for as long as he is physical able to.
Sentence is produced and presented through Cannonball’s Commissioning Program. A small publication documenting Martiel's new performance is forthcoming.
Free and open to the public