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Presidential Alert

January 23, 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Smack Mellon
92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201 United States
(718) 834-8761

In the performance piece Presidential Alert (America, Lip-Sync for Your Life), Kevin Quiles Bonilla explores the act of lip-syncing as a strategy of embodiment and unearthing through multiple temporalities. For context, he uses the song “America” from the 1961 film version of the musical West Side Story, which is interrupted by multiple voices from the recent past, such as former president Trump speaking about the aftermath of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico in 2017, Young Lords member Pedro Pietri reciting his poem “Puerto Rican Obituary” in 1969, and Hawaiian activist Haunani-Kay Trask speaking on stolen lands in 1990.