In her art video “I Am My Own Circus, I Am My Own Legend,” performance artist Christina Pettersson brings a circus to the Florida Everglades.
Dressed in a turquoise tutu, Petterson twirls batons in the river, dances with a paper parasol and lights rings of fire in the scrubland. She is accompanied by a toy lion and an inflatable zebra. The reason she’s playing ringmaster, Pettersson writes in an artist statement, is to “return the circus to the wild,” referring to the practice of plucking exotic animals from nature to display in circus acts.
Pettersson’s six-minute video is just one example of the Miami artist’s kinship with nature (her performance of “A Little Swamp Romance” at the 2016 Miami Book Fair reimagined Homer’s “Odyssey” with shadow puppets). “I Am My Own Circus,” along with a display of the seven found objects in the video, will be featured in “Dual Frequency,” a collection of works by 14 winners of the South Florida Cultural Consortium, opening Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
The show, postponed from its Sept. 8 opening due to Hurricane Irma, will include installations, paintings, photographs and digital art from South Florida artists, including Raheleh Filsoofi, AdrienneRose Gionta, Aramis Gutierrez, Amanda Keeley and Pettersson , who each won arts grants between $7,500 and $15,000. A reception and workshop about the grant, handed each year to visual and media artists, will follow on Oct. 6.
When: Sept. 23-Oct. 22 (opening reception and art workshop: 4-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6)
Where: Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St.