My research examines the relationship between spectatorship and suffering in taxing performances on the body. I primarily focus on art informed by indigenous communities throughout North America, including artists Regina Galindo (Guatemala) and Rebecca Belmore (Anishnaabe/Canada). I position my work primarily at the intersection of theories on bodily aesthetics, abjection, and decolonial and indigenous studies. Since joining the TAPS community in 2012, I've collaborated with inspiring peers and faculty in Northwestern's summer performance institute entitled Performance, Technology and Biopolitics and NYU's arts and activism course, Art & Resistance in Chiapas, Mexico. My conference presentations include: PSi #19: Now Then Performance (June 2013); Northwestern's Graduate Conference In Bodies We Trust: Performance, Affect and Political Economy (Oct. 2013); and Indigeneity in the Contemporary World Project's concluding international conference and exhibition In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance and Contemporaneity (Oct. 2013), hosted by Helen Gilbert.
I currently serve as the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship (MMUF) Graduate Mentor and I teach after school theater to a talented and motley crew of elementary school students.
I received my M.S. Ed from Hunter College in Elementary Education and my A.B. in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Bryn Mawr College. I blog about art, activism, education and research at www.lilymengesha.com.