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“A Mechanism for Survival”: McClain Groff on nibia pastrana santiago’s NO MORE EFFORTS 

nibia pastrana santiago

nibia pastrana santiago, NO MORE EFFORTS, 2020. Courtesy of the artist. Video still by Juan C. Malavé. Commissioned by de Appel for This may or may not be a true story or a lesson in resistance (2020).  

Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist nibia pastrana santiago’s video NO MORE EFFORTS (2020) uses humor, dance, and site-specificity to critique contemporary labor conditions and challenge histories of colonialism, dispossession, and marginalization. 

Watch NO MORE EFFORTS.

TRANSCRIPT 

Recorded on December 16, 2021.

McClain Groff

McClain Groff received a BA in Art History from Vassar College in 2017 and is currently a graduate student in the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art. She is also a two-year curatorial fellow at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), where she curated the exhibition Choreopolitics that opens in April 2022. Her academic interests include contemporary video and performance art, experimental dance, and gender studies.

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