Witness Meena’s creative attempts to decolonize bharata natyam, build movement rituals of liberation towards melanin futurities, and be in conversation with the current anti-CAA/NRC/NPR and #freekashmir protests.
Meena Murugesan is a Bessie Award-winning video and dance artist (Best Visual Design, “Memoirs of a…Unicorn” 2019) based in Los Angeles. Meena creates experimental non-linear narratives with moving images at the intersection of live performance, video art, and social justice. Rooted in the movement practices of bharata natyam, improvisation, and somatic bodywork, Meena centers a decolonial approach to bharata natyam that visibilizes non-brahmin, non-vedic, folk, Muslim, and gender non-conforming influences, while creating melanin futurities as an ethical and liberatory practice. Meena designs multi-channel video installations for live performance and has worked with directors/choreographers such as Jaamil Olawale-Kosoko, taisha paggett, d. Sabela grimes, Marjani Forte-Saunders, Embodiment Project, Sita Frederick, Christopher Emile/No)one.Art House, Lionel Popkin, D’Lo, among others. Meena is currently working on two self-directed performance/video projects, KARUPPU, and The South Asian Melanin Project. Their artistic work and designs have been presented at venues such as ODC, Yerba Buena, Dance Place, EMPAC, Gibney, Opera Omaha, Getty Villa, MOCA Los Angeles, Pearlstein Gallery, Black Star Film Festival, ICA Philadelphia, NYLA, Pregones Theater, Dixon Theatre, The Ford Amphitheater, Pieter, LACE, UCLA, Tangente, MAI, Le Gesu, Monument National, and others. Since 2002, Meena has been awarded funding for film or dance work from organizations such as Pieter, we live in space, CHIME, UCLA, SODEC, CALQ, CAC, and MAI. www.meenamurugesan.com
Meena’s spring 2020 residency at Pieter is supported by the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, and will include a workshop on March 7 and an in-progress showing on May 31.