Space Grant (Summer 2023)
Bryanna Bradley (she/they) is a conceptual artist whose medium is the body in rigorous live performance. Devised theater, improvisational dance, and intentional ritual are used in their practice to explore tons of thoughts, theories, and intellectual hunches. Bryanna is the Creatrix of Gastrointestinal Epigenetic Somatic Theory (G.E.S.T- pronounced like gesture), a field of study concerning ways ancestral information trauma, healing modalities, and physical dis-ease can travel through one’s genetic code and be expressed through that individual’s digestive system, more specifically, the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. G.E.S.T unpacks/articulates the intersection of Digestion, Ancestry, and Travel. Bryanna is no stranger to cross-disciplinary collaborations; they were a lead performer of MacArthur Genius Award winner Tavares Strachan’s exhibition The Awakening at the New York Marian Goodman Gallery,performed their own work buck:an exploration of black masculinity in Nick Cave’s exhibition Until at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), and collaborated with former Boston Poet Laureate Danielle Legros Georges on a performance of her poem “Intersection”. Other beautiful collaborations are her work with the after-image (House of American Activities, Let’s Exorcize) and Eastline Theater ( In the Next Room). Bryanna loves to think big and sweat hard.