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A Live Performance of Sertraline Dolls

September 7, 2023

6:00 pm – 6:45 pm

Madison Museum of Contemporary Art

227 State Street Madison, Wisconsin, 53719


Thursday, September 7, 2023 • 6—6:45 PM • Lecture Hall Free Admission

Join us for a live performance by Chicago-based artist Ava Wanbli, whose video game-based work Sertraline Dolls is on view in the Imprint Gallery. Wanbli’s performance is an extension of the installation artwork and will take place in MMoCA’s Lecture Hall. Advance registration on Eventbrite is required to attend this admission-free program.

Wanbli will perform on stage with a 3-D printed manifestation of her “old” body as a meditation on collapsing temporalities, reconnections of desires through sexual expression, and how our bodies are consumed through media. She utilizes the experience of being a trans sex worker within virtual spaces as a vehicle to communicate how modern formats of technology affect the development of the persona.

The artist encourages attendees to record and photograph the performance on their personal devices, and tag her on Instagram @AvaMirage or use the hashtag #SertralineDolls.

The artist would like visitors to be aware of the subject matter of the performance before deciding to attend. The performance has references to sex work and death, and includes loud noises, intense soundscapes, nudity, and penetrative acts.

Be sure to arrive a bit early to experience the video game-based artwork Sertraline Dolls in Imprint Gallery while you are at MMoCA. The installation will be open until 6 PM, as will the rest of the Museum’s exhibitions. Gallery admission is always free.

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Transmission of the Persona: The Act of “Becoming” in Performance Art
Artists Ava Wanbli and Ále Campos in Conversation

Friday, September 8, 2023 • 6—7 PM • Lecture Hall Free Admission

Listen in on a conversation between Chicago-based artists and performers Ava
Wanbli and Ále Campos, who will discuss how performance artists define and defy
personal and societal expectations of gender and sexuality, and how they correlate
to the representation and life experiences of trans and non-binary people.

Learn more about the discussion and how to register.

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