A Movement in Time


On June 4th 2011, Harlem Biennale performance artist Zachary Fabri presented A Movement in Time to explore the physical movement of pedestrians and the layered architectural history of El Barrio. In a response to El Barrio’s cultural traditions, political history and social environment, Zachary performed a sequence of body movements, exercises, gestures, and poses derived from rote daily activities that seem inconsequential, but when isolated and repeated, inspire us to read a hidden narrative. Referencing rich histories of African and Latin dance, the work uses the body to conjure abstract and intimate images. Each gesture was repeated for different lengths of time, for a total duration of 2 hours. A text serving as a blueprint for Fabri’s movements was photocopied and offered to members of the public.