Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática
Text by Guillermo Gómez-Peña

Friday, October 6th-Saturday, December 16th
New York, NY: The Center for Book Arts

Felicia Rice: Collaboration and Metamorphosis: This exhibition features DOC/UNDOC Documentado/Undocumented Ars Shamánica Performática, the most recent in a series of artists' books by Felicia Rice in collaboration with contemporary Chicano/Latino artists and writers. DOC/UNDOC is a mixed media artists' book housed in a hi-tech aluminum case seven years in the making. It includes Felicia Rice’s images, performance texts by artist/writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña, critical commentary by art historian Jennifer González, video by artist Gustavo Vazquez, and sound art by Zachary Watkins. But the object itself carries a crisis of identity: What is it exactly? A border kit to face the uncertainty of future crossings? A traveling case for apprentice shamans? A reliquary for imaginary saints? A toolbox for self-transformation? It is all these things and it is also an original book, a performative artists’ book in search of a new format and a new audience. Each element stands by itself, but together they form an indescribable whole.

DOC/UNDOC is an interactive, immersive work of art that combines 19th-century print technology with 21st-century digital typography; performance art and poetry; video and sound art; Old World traditions of the cabinet of curiosities with New World Mexican and Chicano traditions of altar making. This exhibition will also include works from Rice’s Latino and Chicano series.