Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s costume sketches for The Formaldehyde Trip, 2016; photo: courtesy the artist
Performance in Progress

Naomi Rincón Gallardo: The Formaldehyde Trip

Thursday, September 29–Sunday, October 2, 2016

Join us for a long weekend of performance previews, screenings, panels, and more. Performance in Progress presents a behind-the-scenes look at The Formaldehyde Trip, Mexico City-based artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s new performance and video work that weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory, and indigenous women’s struggles for their territories. This new commission imagines the murdered Mixtec activist Alberta “Bety” Cariño in her journey through the underworld where she encounters warriors, witches, and the dual-gendered goddess of death. Rincón Gallardo’s The Formaldehyde Trip is co-curated with Galería de la Raza.

About the Artist

With an interest in radical histories and speculative fictions, Naomi Rincón Gallardo works across performance and video to investigate utopian possibilities and belief. Her often music-based narratives draw on counter-cultural forms like punk, DIY aesthetics, and queer identities to reframe touchstones in Mexican and Mesoamerican politics. As both an artist and an educator, she foregrounds research tools from feminist theory and radical theater to imagine new types of social engagement, encounter, and play. Rincón Gallardo lives and works in Mexico City. The Formaldehyde Trip forms part of her PhD in Practice at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.

Header image: Naomi Rincón Gallardo’s costume sketches for The Formaldehyde Trip, 2016; photo: courtesy the artist

Naomi Rincón Gallardo in Collaboration

Mexico City–based artist Naomi Rincón Gallardo collaborated with several Bay Area musicians and artists to create her new performance and video work, The Formaldehyde Trip. Learn more about Gallardo and the artists who helped her create the piece’s DIY aesthetics.

Gallardo will be live at SFMOMA September 29–October 2, 2016, as Performance in Progress presents a behind-the-scenes look at The Formaldehyde Trip, a visual album that weaves together Mesoamerican cosmologies, feminist activism and theory, and indigenous women’s struggles for their territories.