Performa AFTERHOURS: Richard Kennedy, Tabita Rezaire and SHYBOI

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 history anchor, 100 Degrees Above 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.


Performance times:

9:30pm Tabita Rezaire

10:00 pm SHYBOI

10:30 pm Richard Kennedy


About the Artists:

Richard Kennedy (b. 1985, Long Beach, CA) is an artist living and working in Brooklyn, New York. He has choreographed for SSION & Chino Amobi as well as collaborated on projects with NOWNESS, Nicopanda, and Hercules & Love Affair. Richard wrote You Can Shine (MR. INTL), and For Some Reason (Crew Love) before releasing his debut EP Open Wound in a Pool of Sharks (Sweat Equity, 2016). He presented two operas, Black Rage and Comeuppance, at Signal in 2016. In 2017 he presented the ballet Both at Artists Space, From.Under.Above at MoMA PS1 and Everything is gonna be ok at Danspace. In 2019 he will receive his M.F.A. from the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in Music & Sound. 

Tabita Rezaire (b. 1989, Paris, France) is a new media artist, intersectional preacher, health practitioner, tech-politics researcher and Kemetic/Kundalini Yoga teacher based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds a Bachelor in Economics and MA in Moving Image from Central Saint Martins College, London. Rezaire has shown her work internationally – Berlin Biennale 2016, Tate Modern London, Museum of Modern Art Paris, MoCADA NY, The Broad LA and presented her work on numerous panels – Het Nieuwe Institut Rotterdam, Royal Academy The Hague, Kunsthalle Bern, National Gallery Harare, Cairotronica, Fakugezi Digital Art Africa Johannesburg. She has curated screenings at the Institute of Contemporary Art London, led technology and ‘booty politics’ workshops worldwide and has her writings published by Cambridge Scholars.  

SHYBOI (Yulan Grant) is a Jamaican-born, New York-based multidisciplinary artist, who performs under the moniker SHYBOI when she creates her sonic disruptions. As a creative positioned between Caribbean and American culture, she uses sound to interrogate ideas of identity, notions of power, perceived histories and the entanglements that happens within these topics. She is also member of the queer artist collective #KUNQ whose ethos is centered around the production of multidimensional work through sound, visual and performance art while expanding the discourse surrounding the subcultures and genres that have become diluted or obscured in the name of hybridity. SHYBOI has three Boiler Room sets under her ever-expanding belt, as well as two performances at MoMA PS1 and is a frequent collaborator of NYC underground staples ranging from Rizzla (Fade to Mind) to Venus X. Recent sounds have been featured in Fact Mag, Thump, Rinse FM, MixMag and the Fader.

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Image credit: Photos by Cameron Cuchulainn


Organized by Job Piston and Lydia Brawner. Supported by PUBLIC Arts, Hotel Americano, Chloe Wise, Dig Inn, Victoria Rogers, and Tiffany Zabludowicz. Co-organized with New York-based feminist DJ collective DISCWOMEN, scheduled artists include multi-hyphenate musician Richard Kennedy, Johannesburg-based multimedia artist Tabita Rezaire, South African art star and activist Zanele Muholi, alongside DISCWOMAN DJ’s SHYBOI and BEARCAT. 

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