Raja Feather Kelly : HYSTERIA

Installation creation & filming:
Dec 9 & 10 @ 7pm EST
Final & edited virtual stream:
Dec 11 & 12 @ 7pm EST



HYSTERIA, a performance and installation piece being created in the Ford Foundation Live Gallery on December 9 and 10, and premiering virtually on December 11 and 12, continues Raja Feather Kelly’s study of pop culture and its displacement of queer Black subjectivity. Picking up where his 2018 performance, UGLY, left off, Kelly resituates himself as a glamourous, extraterrestrial entity—both alien to the world and wholly consuming its pop cultural byproducts. HYSTERIA marks the collapse of fiction into fact, tracking the subsequent inner turmoil, confusion, and mania that Kelly sets out to exorcise.

HYSTERIA is commissioned by and originally presented by New York Live Arts as part of the Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist Program. As one of Live Arts’ signature programs for artist development, vital support program is also provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


About the Artist:
Raja Feather Kelly