Atlanta-based artist Lauri Stallings has fostered an
expanded practice that includes public choreographies, place building, green economy
and collaborations with many communities. Founder of the non-profit glo platform, Stallings is a 2016-17 MOCA GA Working Artist Fellow.
Stallings has exhibited and performed her work at Central Park in New York City; Art Basel Miami, South Beach;
National Center for Civil and Human Rights; High Museum of Art, Atlanta;
Howard Finster's Paradise Garden, Summerville; Atlanta Symphony Hall; Trinity Laban, London; Atlanta Contemporary; Augsburg Opera Haus, Germany; Zuckerman Museum of Art; among others. 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 has received awards and grants from
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, Creative Time,
American Academy of Arts, Possible Futures
Foundation, Bogliasco Foundation, Flux Projects (inaugural artist),
Chicago Music & Dance Alliance, Emory Center for Creativity
and Arts (inaugural artist), Atlanta Beltline Urban Development, and Artadia.
Stallings is a 2018 Hudgens Prize finalist, and makes all of her work at The Goat Farm Arts Center.
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.