Connie Zhou
Connie is a medical student at UCSF and a member of the committee for Intrinsic Value: Art Celebrating the San Francisco Bay Area BIPOC Community

Intrinsic Value Arts Series Presents a Virtual Experience: The Bio Spirit Safety Suit

UCSF Intrinsic Value Arts Series presents The Bio Spirit Safety Suit (Reflections on A Final Resolve) conceptualized by Rashad Pridgen. It is a Afrofuturist masquerade suit, a part of the Global Street Dance Masquerade pantheon. A public art ritual, site specific procession and community engagement practice. A converge of science and art, developing into a transdisciplinary response to the 21st century HIV/AIDS crisis. It explores a variety of questions: How do the performing arts and science work together to fight the AIDS epidemic? What are the new visions of prevention? Who are the precious ancestors speaking to the medical and social justice community for transformation? How do we honor local and global icons we have lost to the AIDS epidemic?

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Sign up to attend via Zoom on May 17, 2021 at 6pm in Pacific Time (US and Canada)


Rashad is a multidisciplinary dancer, performance artist and creative director, he is the conceptual creator of the Global Street Dance Project & Masquerade, a multimedia presentation of street dance and Afrofuturist masquerade suits, presented in alternative environments. Rashad’s work’s span dance, theater, public practice, tech, video, film, fashion and creative project making. Recent works include: Today at Apple, Record A Global Street Dance with Apple Union Square San Francisco. Artistic director of The Black Lives Masquerade short film with national showings at the San Francisco Public Library, Berkeley Art Museum, Duke University and Portland Art Museum. He is the conceptual director and choreographer of Ethos de Masquerade, a theatrical version of the Global Street Dance Masquerade in partnership with Camp Santos and Strand Theater S. The masquerade has collaborated with Sadie Barnett’s Eagle Creek Saloon presenting at the SF LAB San Francisco and the Institute Of Contemporary Art Los Angeles. For more of his artistry: