Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet
Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter

May 16, 2024

Join us for a ceremonial fire centering Indigenous protocol and knowledge. Guest artists and organizers share stories and performances in honor and protection of the land, water, and air of Lenapehoking, the homelands of the Lenapeyok, where Abrons Arts Center is located.

Featuring Mobéy Lola Irizarry, Rosa Bordallo, Somah Haaland, and Leland Parker.

Image by Maria Baranova


Understanding Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter


About the Artists

Mobéy Lola Irizarry

Mobéy Lola Irizarry (they/she) is a genderqueer cultural worker, composer, painter, poet, improviser, multi-instrumentalist, and transdisciplinary performance artist. Based in Brooklyn, they hail from the Puerto Rican diaspora in Hartford, CT, and are a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation. She makes within the lineages of decolonial uprisings, collections of tiny mirrors at queer clubs, and the precolonial languages of the drum and the braid. Lola is the creative director and percussion section leader for Las Mariquitas, NYC’s Queer and Trans Salsa band. They play in the experimental performance trio Dendarry Bakery, in the Latin Rock group AVATAREDEN, and are a part of the music composition team for Samora La Perdida’s “Spanglish Sh!t” musical. Their work has been performed at Lincoln Center, the Denver Art Museum, and with the New York Theatre Ballet. Lola is quoted in Rolling Stone saying “I want to abolish patriarchy in Salsa… this is a duty to our lineage.”

Rosa Bordallo

Rosa Bordallo is a singer-songwriter and native Chamorro (CHamoru) from the island of Guam (Guåhan), an American colony in the Mariåna Islands. She now in lives in Lenapehoking where she has recorded several albums and EP’s under the moniker Manett and as a member of the rock band, cholo. Her music can be found on Spotify, Apple Music, and Bandcamp. Her sophomore solo album, Isidro, will be released through Bad Auntie Records in July 2024.

Somah Haaland

Somah Toya Haaland is a queer interdisciplinary artist and community organizer from the Pueblos of Laguna and Jemez in so-called New Mexico. They are passionate about radical healing, climate justice, trans rights, and empowering youth. Somah is a Media Organizer with Pueblo Action Alliance as well as a film & theater maker. This is their fourth year living as a guest in Lenapehoking.


Leland is Onöndowa'ga:' a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is currently a student at The New School majoring in Culture & Media. During his time in school, he has developed a passion for DJ'ing and Mixing. Known as leelander behind the decks you can expect a blend of current tracks mixed through house-created beats, that work together to create a dancy and upbeat set.

About Emily Johnson and Karyn Recollet

Emily Johnson, originally from Alaska, is an artist who makes body-based work and the artistic director of her performance company, Emily Johnson/Catalyst. A Bessie Award-winning choreographer, Guggenheim Fellow, and recipient of the Doris Duke Artist Award, she is based on the Lower East Side of Manahatta in Lenapehoking. Emily is of the Yup’ik Nation and since 1998 has created work that considers the experience of sensing and seeing performance. She is a land and water protector and an activist for justice, sovereignty, and well-being. Her dances function as portals and installations, engaging audiences within and through space, time, and environment–interacting with a place’s architecture, people, land, history, and role in community. Emily is a co-compiler of the document Creating New Futures: Guidelines toward Ethics and Equity in the Performing Arts, is developing a Global First Nations Performance Network with colleagues Reuben Roqueni, Ed Bourgeois, Ronee Penoi, Lori Pourier, Vallejo Ganter; and has hosted ceremonial fires in partnership with Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side since 2017.

Karyn Recollet Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She is an urban Cree scholar/writer currently living in the Williams Treaty territory, and teaching in the Dish with One Spoon treaty territory. Recollet explores celestial land pedagogies as ‘kinstillatory’ in her work, expressing an understanding of land pedagogy that exceeds the terrestrial. Recollet thinks alongside dance making practices, hip hop, and visual/digital art as they relate to forms of Indigenous futurities and relational practices of being. Recollet co-writes with dance choreographers and artists engaged in other mediums to expand upon methodologies that consider land relationships and kinship making practices that are going to take us into the future.


Kinstillatory Mappings in Light and Dark Matter was created with funding from The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This project is made possible in part through the Mid Atlantic Folk and Traditional Arts - Community Projects program of Mid Atlantic Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.