In his essay “Rethinking Ethnography”, Dwight Conquergood wrote, “What happens to our thinking of performance when we move it outside of aesthetics and situate it at the center of the lived experience?” This time as a sponsored artist with HCL will be process oriented, anchored in exploring and defining practices aimed at the development of new work which is currently in its incubatory stage. Weaving together movement and performance-based techniques and exercises, personal objects and materials, and sound based equipment the artist explores metaphors to center personal ancestral knowledge systems within contemporary technologies and aesthetics.
It has been said that the work of the artist is to record and reflect culture and society back onto itself. The Ligaya Project will indirectly serve as an incubator for virtual participants. As a virtual performance space, “The Ligaya Project(s)” documents the artists process which then becomes a site for visual/graphic, sound, movement, and text research and exploration. It serves as a space to discover and archive how they each perform and can be performed, as tools for archiving one’s ancestral knowledge systems, to access languages to root these tools within decolonization and modernity, and to inform modern practices that can be used as acts of resistance.
I am a woman of color, Black, Filipinx. I am a medium weaver: a vocalist, a dancer, a performer. I’ve lived all over Chicago…here is where I developed my roots. From the streets I’ve walked, the sounds, the food, the communities of dancers, thespians, artists, poets, musicians, the community leaders and activists, menaces to society… I am composed of them all. Therefore I speak and create from the dynamics that both separate and unify. These are the stories I speak with the work I create.
Jennifer Ligaya is a performance composer from Chicago. Ligaya is an alumni of Columbia College with an interdisciplinary background in visual art, sound, voice, dance, movement, and performance. Along with working as an occupational therapist and teaching artist, she performs original live installations. Her work weaves the traditional and ancestral into contemporary practices to explore the intersections of identity, decolonization, activism, and healing.