José Carlos Teixeira’s work combines performance, documentation, and video art. By creating environments where multiple voices are heard, cultural differences are examined, and the boundaries between private and public are breached, Teixeira facilitates meaningful moments of social discourse and exploration. For The Fall, Teixeira’s recent video-essay, the artist documented participants’ responses to his request that they “fall.” Is the act of falling the result of a physical or emotional hardship, of succumbing to the force of gravity or temptation? Or does falling have more abstract connotations, such as experiencing freedom or love? The Fall reveals the varied understandings underlying an act charged with meanings that are literal and symbolic, performative and personal.
José Carlos Teixeira