Jasmyn Brielle's photo essay reflects on the creation of "Let Me Ascertain You: Hormones," an interview-based cabaret curated by Civilians R&D Group Members Chris Tyler, Simone Wolff and Kit Yan.
This episode marks the first in a series exploring a beauty pageant that takes place at El Buen Pastor, the national women’s prison in Bogotá, Colombia. Working with a group of Colombian artists and interviewers, Civilians Artistic Director Steve Cosson spent a month documenting the preparation for the pageant. The material featured in this series — performed for the first time at the 92YTribeca in June of this year — represents English translations of the interviews conducted during that month.
In this episode, Vanessa Aspillaga plays woman serving time for her connection to a guerrilla group, Carolina Ravassa plays an inmate incarcerated for her part in an attack on the presidential palace in Bogotá in 2002, and KJ Sanchez plays a public servant convicted of using her office to assist the paramilitaries. The interviews highlighted here were conducted by Lorena Lopez and Alejandro Jaramillo.
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