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Maïa Nunes


ARIMA (2020) is a performance art video made in response to a love letter between choreographer Merce Cunningham and composer John Cage. In Cage’s love letter, the rain is described as ‘alternately terrific and gentle’, reminding him of his lover. Nunes’ work is a meditation on the relationship between love and rain; nostalgia, remembering and haunting; thirst, yearning, erotic energy, release and liberation. The artist sees ‘terrific and gentle’ as different phases in the same cycle, all constantly transitioning from states of desire/longing, climax and release. ARIMA by Maïa Nunes was originally exhibited as part of ‘Alternately Terrific and Gentle’, a suite of dance and performance works commissioned in 2020 by Liz Roche Company and supported by The Arts Council of Ireland. Commissioned by Liz Roche Dance Company Edited by José Miguel Jimenez Videography by Gesiye Souza-Okpofabri Styled by Malia Bennett Henry Audio Mix by Rory Whit

Duration Duration: 8 sec
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 2021
Item NumberIMMA.4339
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
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Maïa Nunes, ARIMA, 2020, Duration: 8 sec, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 2021

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Maïa Nunes

Maïa Nunes (they/them) is a performance artist of Trinidadian descent. Their interdisciplinary work is deeply concerned with their own ancestry, and their research explores legacies of colonial violence, performance as a site of transformative potential, and the possibilities for practicing and thereby accessing liberation. Maïa spent the beginning of 2020 as artist in residence at The Alice Yard in Trinidad and Tobago, and is recent recipient of the Wicklow Arts Office Artist Support Award and the Irish Arts Council’s Visual Arts Bursary Award. Maïa is also co-founder of Origins Eile, a grassroots organisation, centring the safety and experiences of QTIBPOC in Ireland. In 2020 Origins Eile ran a small program of events entitled DESTINY: A Constellation of Queer Afro Futurist Visions as part of Dublin Fringe Festival 2020, and launched a new Black Queer publication called TONGUES in association with Black Pride Ireland.
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