Performa AFTERHOURS: Zanele Muholi and BEARCAT

Public Arts

215 Chrystie Street

New York, NY 10002


Performa AFTERHOURS is a post-show get-together featuring a range of exciting emerging artists. During the biennial, audiences can join the artists, curators, and organizers of Performa 17 for drinks, conversation, performance, and dancing at New York’s newest quintessential late night space: Public Arts. Evenings draw loosely on Performa 17’s historical anchor, Dada, with artists who are invested in art’s revolutionary possibilities. AFTERHOURS includes collaborations by musicians, visual artists, music producers, dancers, and club hosts creating a lively program that draws on the vitality of New York City in the middle of a very international biennial. Co-organized with New York-based feminist music booking agency DISCWOMAN.

About the Artists:

BEARCAT is a London-born, Brooklyn-based artist. Internationally known for work as a DJ/Producer, Audio Engineer and Pro MUA, BEARCAT began touring with various artists in 2005 providing backing vocals and creative direction for live festivals such as Afropunk, Glastonbury, Reading and Lovebox. Since launching her solo career in 2008 she has performed across the world at venues in Egypt, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Leipzig, Barcelona, Mexico City, Oakland and Chicago. Never afraid to delve deeply, she uses her emotive musical selections as a form of therapy. Drawing from personal experiences and diasporic roots, she creates uncompromising, bass-heavy mixes that harness the symbiotic energy between the music and the crowd. In 2016, BEARCAT undertook a two-month European tour, played sets at Boiler Room (NYC) MoMa PS1 (Warm Up / Sunday Sessions), MFA (Boston), RinseFM (Paris), Radar Radio (London), Slake, Flavorpill, scored a documentary that premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. BEARCAT is the #rappersdj for acts including 21 Savage, CupcakKe and Caleborate.

Zanele Muholi’s (b. 1972, Umlazi, Durban) work, including Faces and Phases, has been seen internationally at venues including dOCUMENTA 13, the Brooklyn Museum, Kunsthalle Wien Project Space in Vienna and the Centre for Contemporary Art, Lagos, and her 2010 documentary Difficult Love has shown at film festivals across the globe. Muholi completed an Advance Photography course at the Market Photo Workshop in Newtown, Johannesburg in 2003 and received her MFA in Documentary Media from Toronto’s Ryerson University in 2009. In 2006 Muholi founded Inkanyiso, dedicated to visual art, media advocacy, and visual literacy training for South Africa’s black LGBTQI community.

Image credit: Photo by Cameron Cuchulainn


Organized by Job Piston, Special Projects, and Lydia Brawner, Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Fellow. Co-organized with New York-based feminist DJ collective DISCWOMEN, scheduled artists include multi-hyphenate musician Richard Kennedy, Johannesburg-based multimedia artist Tabitha Rezaire, South African art star and activist Zanele Muholi, alongside DISCWOMAN DJ’s SHYBOI and BEARCAT.  Additional support provided by Public Arts, Hotel Americano, Chloe Wise, Dig Inn, Victoria Rogers, and Tiffany Zabludowicz. 

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