Mariana Suikkanen Gomes is an artist and performance-maker whose works locate themselves in the intersection between personal encounters, collective activities and performative presentations. She holds a BA (Hons) in LIVE ARTS from Kingston University, UK, and an MA, The Autonomous Actor, from Stockholm Academy of Dramatic Arts, Sweden. Alongside her solo work Mariana is involved in several loving collaborations, most intensively as one third of the collective GLQ/GomesLechQuigley. The trio has been collaborating since 2012, exploring how to be together inside collective working processes while still making space for each other’s artistic autonomy. Their extensive research into how art, fiction and popular culture can be employed as tools for comfort, sense-making and construction of identity has, so far, resulted in nine works in the series HAPPILYFOREVERAFTER. These performances are thematically linked but manifest themselves in a diverse range of formats, from intimate monologues to bigger works for up to 30 performers. As a performer Mariana has worked with, among others, Sidney Leoni, Lundahl & Seitl and Marina Abramovic.
WHAT DOES THE SITE RESIDENCY ENABLE YOU TO DO?
I think the residency will help me make progress with my writing, sharpening tools that will support execution and output of different types of texts for a diversity of contexts. I am looking forward immensely to getting out of the solitude of my tiny apartment and work on funding applications, production and creation alongside other artists and producers.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON RIGHT AT THIS MOMENT?
I am working on something frightening and beautiful called ”The Tender Protest Series” developing my own personal artistic activism through an excavation of realms of desire and longing. This means dedicating myself to practices and rituals exploring memory, intimacy, tenderness and vulnerability in order to create a solo performance, which relates to contemporary feminist movements such as radical softness and body positivity.
Alongside this I am involved in a number of collaborations such as ”The Nordic Project” with GLQ and Icelandic duo RebelRebel, ”The exhibition as stage” with curator Rowan Geddis and a vast range of other research activities around, as an example, sensory/vicarious experience in the performance space, where there is some overlap with my previous sommelier studies.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE TO FURTHER DEVELOP DURING YOUR RESIDENCY AT SITE?
I am hoping that the increased potential for exchange, challenges and feed-back on both artistic and organisational issues will lead to ways of managing what can be seen as a multifarious practice, finding contexts and paths for these wide-ranging formats and collaborations.
The residency aims to enable artistic and organizational development, through free access to office space and studio time as well as counselling. Please contact Anne-Sofie Ericsson for more information.