Maps of City and Body: Shedding Light on the Performances of Denise Uyehara
Script and Commentary by Denise Uyehara. Foreword by Chay Yew.
Maps of City and Body: Shedding Light on the Performances of Denise Uyehara presents the complete texts of "Big Head" and "Maps of City and Body," two of Uyehara's most acclaimed shows.
In "Big Head," Uyehara questions the logic of political and personal rhetoric by exploring the relationship between Japanese American internment camps and post-September 11th racial violence. "Maps of City and Body" takes on subjects ranging from the trails left behind by childhood kisses to the reimagining of a grandmother's fiery suicide to explore how memories mark our bodies. In both works, Uyehara remains unflinchingly attentive to the transformative details that give our lives shape.
This selection of Uyehara's performance pieces has been designed to function as both experience and documentation. It includes images from her performances, as well as detailed stage directions. It also includes detailed descriptions of Uyehara's other public art investigations, as well as a conversation with dancer/scholar Yutian Wong, a chronology of readings and stagings, and a bibliography.
This is the first in a series of books by Kaya Press on Asian diasporic performance artists.
Paper: 181 pp. B/w photos.
SIGNED COPIES AVAILABLE! We were able to have Denise Uyehara sign some copies of the book for us. Signed copies will be sent on a first come basis. Subsequent orders will receive an unsigned copy.