About

 

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  photo by Luis Rodriguez

WILL RAWLS is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn,NY. Working with dance, objects, sound and speech, Will creates solo and group performances that unravel and reconfigure around the idea of self and becoming. By placing the body into resonant encounters with other media, Will cultivates the ambiguous and experiential nature of choreographic work. Recently Will has been addressing authorship, memory, race and subjectivity as intersecting monuments in need of constant undoing.

Will has presented work at The Chocolate Factory Theater, Danspace Project, The Emily Harvey Foundation, Performa 15, PS 122, Tanzquartier Wien and the Greater New York Exhibition at MoMA PS1. He is editor-at-large for Critical Correspondence and his writing and interviews have appeared in Artforum, ArtSlant, Triple Canopy, les presses du réel and The Museum of Modern Art. In Fall 2016, with Ishmael Houston-Jones, he will co-curate Danspace Project’s Platform: Lost & Found, exploring themes of AIDS, absence and queer performance. He is also co-editing Lost & Found, a catalogue of essays and artist projects that will accompany the platform.

As a performer, Rawls has worked with Marina Abramovic, Jérôme Bel, Alain Buffard, Maria Hassabi, Nicholas Leichter, Xavier Le Roy, Tino Sehgal and Shen Wei Dance Arts. He is currently an LMCC Extended Life Fellow, a Mellon Creative Campus Fellow at Wesleyan University, a Levitt Artist-in-Residence at Williams College and a recipient of a 2015 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.