" Through subtlety and duration, Sims created an intimate connection with the audience, elevating his “home in a desolate playground” to a sorrowful, yet beautiful space of reflection."- See Chicago Dance
" With pertinent and powerful art, various elements in sims's work cannot help but enter." - Lori Waxman, Art Critic for The Chicago Tribune.
Anthony Sims is a Chicago based interdisciplinary Performance Artist/ Theatre Maker whose mission is to embody black and queer experiences through performance. Utilizing the theory of The Black Body by Harvey Young, Sims explores critical memory of The Black Body by creating experiential overlaps that manifest visibility. The Black Body, whether a knee is on its neck, staged as a criminal, hung from a tree or light post, made to serve at plantations, auctioned off like cattle is a body that is given compulsory visibility. Researching that given visibility, Sims uses interdisciplinary methods through collage by constructing new visibility, thus reclaiming The Black Body. His work has been seen at Links Hall, Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery, The Chicago Physical Theatre Festival, The Peace Studio, Third Estate Art, Slate Arts, The Center of Afrofuturist Studies, and several other locations. He was just recently an Artist in Residence at ADDS DONNA, and just completed a 26-night performance series at Co-Prosperity. Sims is also included in The Long Dream, a current exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art- Chicago. On view now: Spectated Specter at Roots and Culture. Future: Residency at Roman Susan. Art In Odd Places- NYC.
Anthony Sims is a Chicago interdisciplinary time-based performance artist whose mission is to embody black and queer experiences through performance.
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