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Art Performance and Conceptual

Paolo Sambrano, Writer and Solo Performer

We’ve all got our own ways of dealing with pain and suffering but there’s a way of expressing those emotions to the world in a productive way. One way is on the stage as a solo performer BUT it’s got to be done well to be authentic. It was a real treat to see Paolo Sambrano combine poignant storytelling and hilarity in such a deftly manner. Unfortunately, his first solo show, Bi-Poseur, had its last run BUT I’m sure he wouldn’t mind a bevy of people begging for a repeat performance. It was amazing to watch him perform. I’m a lucky lady to have met this man when he was in his teens and my goodness, has he grown up and become even more of a powerhouse. He was a brilliant teenager, which makes sense that he is a brilliant adult. Check out the video above and support him (his shows are completely out of his own pocket)! He’s currently working on his second show, I Get Wet. He is one to watch…

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, race and technology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, Ars Technica, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the program manager for the Processing Foundation.

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