Patrisse Cullors

ltd los angeles

Performance by Patrisse Cullors for Frieze Projects with ltd los angeles, Frieze Los Angeles 2020. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh. Courtesy of Casey Kelbaugh/Frieze.

Patrisse Cullors (b. 1983, Los Angeles; lives in Los Angeles) is renowned for her intersecting activist and artistic work. Cullors’s performances center on the body, whether in action or repose, in search of personal space or a group communion.  

The performances are restorative acts that reclaim time, space, and physical and emotional energy, especially for participants of color, in the face of continued state sanctioned racism and violence. First performed in 2019 as Fuck White Supremacy, Let’s Get Free, Cullors’s performance for Frieze Los Angeles invites participants to move together united by a groove and the freeing act of dancing the electric slide.

Led by Cullors, and with a live DJ, the dancers wore headphones and move together silently through the backlot. The performance was held daily during the fair and accompanied by video documentation in a storefront with merchandise and information in support of the non-profit foundations Reform L.A. Jails and Black Lives Matter. 

Watch a video with Patrisse Cullors at Frieze Los Angeles 2020 here