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Provocative and Meaningful Recall

by Don Cruise

Nicolas Dumit Estevez, For Art’s Sake, 2005-2006.

Nicolas Dumit Estevez is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance and has exhibited and performed internationally. Awards include the Lambent Fellowship Program of Tides Foundation and the Michael Richards Fund, a program of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC). Here's a sweet note from his interview with NY Arts this month.

Mandy Morrison: What types of performances or experiences have been the most provocative and meaningful to you personally (or in the case of a group, collectively)? Why?

Estevez: Once, as part of a residency at the Artists Alliance, I worked organizing a communal meal with a vast array of groups throughout the Lower East Side. After driving myself close to exhaustion for months, giving slide presentations, meeting possible participants, inviting people to submit recipes, I realized that it was entirely up to the collaborators to show up on the designated day for the repast and to carry on the celebration. In making sure that the basic requirements for the event were met, a deep sense of trust in others was the main ingredient. The Mexican band that I hired on the spot while riding the #2 train downtown showed up on time to eat a mangú that an Essex Market vendor brought in a huge aluminum container.

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