Maya Gurantz: Deipnophoroi

Maya Gurantz: Deipnophoroi

Video still from Maya Gurantz's Deipnophoroi

Nationally renowned artist Maya Gurantz works in performance, video and installation, focusing her art on dispelling cultural myths and the way race, class and gender play into them. Her current exhibitions, “Deipnophoroi” and “Non-fiction,” reference an ancient Greek festival where young men on the cusp of manhood are offered as sacrifice to King Minos, only seen through the eyes of their mothers, who were ritually expected to prepare their sons for the horrific inevitable. “Deipnophoroi” (named after the mothers' title as “food bringers”) is a two channel video of performers dramatizing the ancient ceremonial tasks for preparation. In conjunction, “Non-fiction” is a single channel video where modern day mothers discuss how they prepare their children for the dangers of this contemporary world.

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