Inverse Performance Art Festival strives to foster local dialogue about performance art on an international scale and build a community of performance artists and supporters. Organized by Cynthia Post Hunt of Fayetteville, Arkansas and Emma Saperstein of San Luis Obispo, California, the festival presents new work and engages local, national, and international communities. Inverse facilitates various forms of engagement: for the space, the artist and the viewer. Inverse provides opportunities for performance work to be cultivated outside of city centers and is devoted to working with new and emerging artists. Inverse is committed to being an inclusive platform and works with artists from around the world at various stages of their careers. Inverse is artist-run, and community supported.
In our first year, 2016, Inverse presented work at 9 locations throughout Northwest Arkansas, including museums, the university, privately run galleries, and DIY spaces. 20 performances by 30 participating artists, in 24 hours.
Our following year, 2017, Inverse ran two festivals, another one in Northwest Arkansas and one in San Luis Obispo, California. In NWA, Inverse presented work at 6 locations. 20 performances by 30+ participating artists, in 72 hours. In San Luis Obispo, Inverse presented work at 8 locations, including museums, the community college, downtown San Luis Obispo, a city park, and the beach. 14 performances by 15 participating artists, in 72 hours.
Inverse 2018 will take place April 12-15 in Northwest Arkansas.
About the Curators
Cynthia Post Hunt is an artist working in performance, living in Fayetteville, Arkansas. An alumna of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cynthia moved to Fayetteville in the fall of 2014. Since then, Cynthia has performed and shown work locally at Backspace, the Bank of Fayetteville, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Fayetteville Underground, Lalaland, the Shed, Stage Eighteen, and Two25 Gallery.
Emma Saperstein is a curator and practicing artist living and working in San Luis Obispo, California. A graduate of Wheaton College and the New York Center for Art and Media Studies, her experience includes serving as studio manager to internationally recognized artist Titus Kaphar, a variety of curatorial projects in Dallas, Texas, and involvement in the thriving alternative arts and publishing community in Chicago, specifically with ArtWing Contemporary, Public Media Institute, and Lumpen Magazine. Her experience editing and curating for Hysteria gave her access to significant radical feminist discourse and furthers her ability to engage with critical and sensitive topics. She is currently the curator of the Harold J Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College and the Global Portal Curator at the public art initiative Shared_Studios.