Artist Lauri Stallings has fostered an expanded practice that includes public choreographies, place building, green economy and co-dreaming with many communities. Stallings works as an artist, and organizer and her projects aim to manifest live art activities and strategies that advance the idea of public as a genesis and subject for spatial and spiritual change. Stallings has described her work as a migration of public choreographies, private ritual and civic actions- with collaborators such as preservationists, farmers, and performers- deeply committed to experimentation.
Originally trained as a ballet dancer, Stallings shifted the focus of her practice in 2008 in order to address more directly the immediate social, economic, and cultural needs of the American South. She is the founder of the non profit glo platform, a unique hybrid activating the intersection between movement, historic preservation, community development, and spirituality. Stallings graduated from Point Park University cum laude in performing arts. She has participated in national and international art exhibitions and shows since 2006. In 2015, Stallings was artist-in-residence at Georgia Institute of Technology. She as a Rome Prize nominee from the American Academy of Arts in 2011, and a Bogliaso Fellow at Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities in 2010. She served as resident choreographer of Atlanta Ballet from 2006 through 2008. Stallings is a 2017 MOCA GA Working Artist Fellow, and she is the recipient of the 2017 Hudgens Prize.
Stallings creations have been exhibited in Central Park, New York City; Art Basel Miami, South Beach; National Center for Civil and Human Rights; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Atlanta Symphony Hall; Atlanta Contemporary, and Zuckerman Museum. Lauri thrives in bi-medium collaborations that defy ideological conventions, including Maestro Robert Spano, Big Boi and the Dungeon Family, and artist Daniel Arsham.
Stallings is the inaugural recipient of Emory University's Creativity and Arts Award, and Flux Projects public art grant. She has received awards and grants from the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time, Chicago Music & Dance Alliance, Possible Futures, The Cheney Foundation, The Lab School, The Lubo Fund, Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, and Artadia. Lauri's work for the stage include American Ballet Theatre, Ballet Augsburg, Hubbard St. Dance Chicago, Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet British Columbia and Cirque du Soleil, among others.
Stallings was born and raised on the Eastside of Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Stallings older brother died of complications to HIV/AIDS, and to date the artist considers his life as her most important education. Stallings makes all of her work in a 118-year old factory space at The Goat Farm Arts Center in Atlanta.
I am an artist who thrives in a collaborative laboratory of relationship building across issues, identities, and creative possibilities. I am obsessed with our perceptions of what we are when we are alone vs. what we are when we are together, and in my work, I try to reassess my views of what family is, offering other frequencies and mind spaces for us to communicate in. I do this by having dialogue with places and collaborating with neighbors,communities and art forms, then I transpose these conversations onto living bodies and into a precarious installation atmosphere and state. Drawing on what I've experienced as essential ingredients of family- adventure, complexity, nakedness, ritual and loss-I offer the public doors into alternate homes conceived as interior events and exterior eruptions, positive and negative, without opposing context. My intention is to offer a lens of the expanding, unfolding universe inside us, to find our explicit nature before being told what we think we are. I often hold a mirror up to the public to contemplate, “I know what this place is,” then I lunge deep into spontaneity, challenging people to think together, and this turns the work inside out. I choreograph highly physical tableaux vivants and movement choirs that inflate body motion to various contemplative states of mind, asking “What does it mean to be part of a community?” Place is a body form to me, I interpret how it’s postured in a community, what it feels, and like a breathing body, I suggest its every bend and curve has transformative powers. Through this endeavor for liberation I invite the public to become a collaborator, and family. I ask how far can we go together, in a world that oftentimes feels like it's wrestling us apart.