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My Barbarian

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My Barbarian

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American

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Biography

My Barbarian is a performance collective featuring Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, though they prefer to be called a theater troupe. As Gaines says, “Theater is social change. The form is always collective sometimes communal, occasionally communistic, and done over time.” The performers often wear masks, use puppetry, or perform original music. Many of My Barbarian’s performances and films engage complex contemporary social issues or global politics with humor and irreverence; their narratives about broader themes of wealth, poverty, social taboos, and injustice are made tangible through contemporary subjects such as misfortune, medical insurance, unemployment, and same-sex marriage. The audience is encouraged to participate in singing and dancing during live performances. “The result is sort of like court entertainment,” Segade muses, “only we don’t have a king.”

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My Barbarian is a performance collective featuring Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade, though they prefer to be called a theater troupe. As Gaines says, “Theater is social change. The form is always collective sometimes communal, occasionally communistic, and done over time.” The performers often wear masks, use puppetry, or perform original music. Many of My Barbarian’s performances and films engage complex contemporary social issues or global politics with humor and irreverence; their narratives about broader themes of wealth, poverty, social taboos, and injustice are made tangible through contemporary subjects such as misfortune, medical insurance, unemployment, and same-sex marriage. The audience is encouraged to participate in singing and dancing during live performances. “The result is sort of like court entertainment,” Segade muses, “only we don’t have a king.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
New Museum
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Flash Art
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Performa, and 1 more