Altarpiece

In this performance, Grace appeared in the role of the artist, or maker of votive objects, performing a variation of a Umbanda ritual that according to this religion forms a crossroads between the worlds of the living and the dead. Umbanda is a branch of Candomblé, an Afro-Brazilian catholic syncretic religion.

The ritual alone is beautiful and somewhat frightening. Which left behind a beautiful altar with a lingering ambience, with an array of subtle smells and curious objects. Grace’s intention was to encourage the audience to question the authority of and complicity with artists and religious leaders, but more importantly to contemplate one's own spirituality or the lack thereof.

This piece was originally performed in 2010 at Testing Ground at 176. Since it has been reenacted and developed multiple times, including: at Witch Night at the Montague Arms (2010), the piece Action de Grâce, Coup de Grâce (2011) is a developement on the piece also, more recently it was developed at Performing Memetics (2012) at Savvy Gallery in Berlin.


Alterpiece (flash forward)
from Grace Morgan Pardo on Vimeo.