Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts

Upcoming Public Programs

Territory: Omaha, a performance by Zavé Martohardjono

Friday, June 1, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Territory: Omaha, a performance by Zavé Martohardjono

Location: Bemis Center | 724 S 12th Street
Description: Territory: Omaha is a site-specific performance by Zavé Martohardjono that investigates healing from socio-political crises. This performance is part of the celebratory closing reception for Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism's Temporal Bullying which also includes a performance by Fia Backström.


As a mixed-race Asian-American person raised in the West, Martohardjono uses choreography to slowly tap into buried ancestral knowledge in the body. A central question to their work is: Do movement practices have the potential to decolonize the body and undo the damage of assimilation?

Territory: Omaha retraces pre-​colonial landscapes and recent ​emigrant histories in Omaha, and considers the relationship between displacement, migration, and bodily health. Territory: Omaha incorporates performance objects and costumes made from organic materials sourced from the local environment which will be on display within the exhibition before being used in the performance on June 1. Martohardjono’s choreography incorporates mindfulness, Butoh, and releasing techniques to attempt slowness and investigate what has been erased by colonial frameworks of time. Rubbertime, the performance they performed in the previous Sick Time… exhibition, was based on an Indonesian phrase that describes time as malleable, stretchable, and adaptable, and also investigated how assimilation and associated disorientation affects the body. Building on Rubbertime and research they’ve done while leading Liminal Bodies, a workshop that shares different movement modalities in order to explore the healing of lived political oppression, they will informally meet with groups already grappling with displacement and assimilation around Omaha during their time at Bemis to develop this site-specific artwork.

This performance is part of The Warp and Weft of Care, a program series associated with Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying. An earlier version was performed in the Movement Research at the Judson Church series (New York, NY) in February 2018.

Zavé Martohardjono is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist interested in geopolitics, social justice, queer glam, and embodied healing. They have exhibited at Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Asian Arts Initiative, Bronx River Art Center Gallery, Center for Art + Thought, Center for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, EFA Project Space, Gallery 102 at the George Washington University, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, SOMArts Gallery, Winslow Garage, and xart splitta in Berlin. They’ve performed at BAAD!, Boston Center for the Arts, Center for Performance Research, Gibney Dance, Issue Project Room, Panoply Performance Laboratory, Recess, Storm King Art Center, the Wild Project and elsewhere. Zavé is in LMCC's 2017-2018 Workspace Residency program and has had residencies at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Gibney Dance Work Up 3.0, Shandaken: Storm King, La MaMa, and Chez Bushwick. They organize with artists of color in the Bronx and work at the ACLU to end mass incarceration. They received their B. from Brown University and their MFA in Media Arts Production from the City College of New York.


Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has three galleries on the main floor that can be accessed via an ADA approved ramp on 12th Street or seven steps. There is free street parking in front of the building on 12th Street and a paid lot on the North side of the building. 12th Street is cobblestone-lined. Admission is free and no ID is required to enter the building. There are multi-stall ADA approved single-sex bathrooms on the 1st floor with two grab bars, as well as on the 3rd floor where the workshop will be held.

Children and service animals are welcome. Concealed carry is prohibited. Texts and programs are in English. Large format texts are available upon request. The space is not scent-free, but we request that you come low-scent. Many ill (and non-ill) people have chemical sensitivities, which mean they do not tolerate scents (i.e. please do not wear perfumes or use scented deodorants and toiletries that day). More info on how and why to do this here and here.

Seating options will include cushioned folding chairs, but we are happy to provide other seating if requested in advance. If you need to move around, twitch, pace, or not make eye contact, you are welcome here.

If you have questions or would like support with specific access needs please let us know in your registration and we will do our best to help you attend comfortably.


Zavé Martohardjono
Movement Research at the Judson Church, New York, NY, February 19, 2018
Photo: Cherylynn Tsushima
Courtesy the artist
Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
724 South 12th Street
Omaha, NE 68102
Admission and Parking: FREE
Phone:: 402.341.7130