My Barbarian is an art collective made up of Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon, and Alexandro Segade. Our work uses performance to play with social difficulties, theatricalize historic problems, and imagine ways of being together. We make plays, masks, videos, drawings, music, installations, texts, events, puppets, and paintings. We have presented work in many museums including MoMA, MoCA LA, and SFMoMA, and in festivals, galleries and public spaces. We have had solo exhibitions at Participant Inc., New York; the Hammer Museum and Human Resources, LA; Museo El Eco, Mexico City; Gallery 400, Chicago; Yaffo 23, Jerusalem; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, which represents us, along with projects at the New Museum and Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. We were included in two Performa Biennials, two California Biennials, the Biennale de Montréal, and the Whitney Biennial. We have received awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Art, Creative Capital, Art Matters, and the City of LA. My Barbarian originated in Los Angeles in 2000 and today its members are based in LA and New York.
Segade’s MFA is in Interdisciplinary Studio Art from UCLA. He is co-chair of Film/Video at Bard College’s MFA program. Gordon earned an MA in Applied Theater from USC, has taught at CalArts and the Stella Adler Academy, and is co-owner of Wombleton Records. Gaines has a PhD in Performance Studies from UCLA and an MFA in Writing from CalArts and is assistant professor of Performance Studies at NYU. All three were born and raised in California.