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Elaine Thap

Incoming Call: Elaine Thap + Luke Mannarino

Friday, October 19th 2018



Elaine Thap is an interdisciplinary artist working with sound, movement, and performance. She obtained her BFA in Studio for Interrelated Media at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Elaine Thap has shown work in Boston, Brooklyn, Chicago, Toronto, and Montreal. She lives in Los Angeles. 

As a Cambodian American woman, she uses her diasporic identity to convey layers of being and relationships. Live action or performance art is the ability to fabricate situations of childhood trauma and adult responsibility while seeking alternative perspectives and possibilities. She explores expressive psychosexuality in butoh movement while creating live sounds.

Luke Mannarino is a conceptual artist living and working in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

"Through my work I explore concepts of site specificity, trauma, identity, memory, and the interactions between humans when considering technology. The work is a process in which I take the information the world is offering to me and using my actions to try and make sense of them. I invite my audience to become a part of the work through discussion, in hopes that we can make sense of the information together."

PF: Speculative (de)Structures

Elaine Thap Terms and Conditions 2013 Four Hours of Emotional Baggage Photo Credit; Sandrine Schaefer
Thursday, September 29th 2016

Connie Kang, Tingying Ma, Jue Wang: FUTURE HOST

Heather Kapplow

Shawn Escarciga

Elaine Thap

Sophia Mak

Is this a political system or a casual pet adoption? Is this a social scene or the burst crust of the earth? Is this an invitation or a threat? A welcome mat or roadkill? A ritual or a human right? Five artists speculate, the curtain sways in a slight breeze, the door swings open under the weight of the excruciating emotion but we are all already here...somewhere, someone is playing a small drum. Here, let me help you get that splinter out.


Saturday, January 16th 2016

The sounds through the door, your energy into the bodies of those around you, the wound through the bandage, the the outside, inside, and vice versa, past into present, other realms into this one, one day into the next: how do we know when we are "performing"? Personal lives+"artworks" (un)related/(de)saturated/(dis)associated/(de)compartmentalized:
Allie Hankins (
Elaine Thap (
Lucy Lee Yim (
Geraldo Mercado (
Ivy Castellanos (

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