sacred nature girls Akilah Oliver Danielle Brazell Laura Meyers Denise Uyehara
Photo by Jerry Browning

Sacred Naked Nature Girls (1995-1997)

A culturally diverse experimental performance collective exploring the skins we wear to pass – or transgress -- into different cultures. The collective investigated what Akilah Oliver’s concept of “flesh memory,” as they explored intersections of desire, erotica, pornography, class and race.


Founding members
Danielle Brazell
Bell Hui
Laura Meyers
Akilah Oliver
Denise Uyehara


Their work includes “Untitled Flesh” (1993), “Home: The Last Place I Ran To Just About Killed me” (1996), and The Party” (1997) which was directed by Elia Arce. 


Presented at the Institute for Contemporary Art, London; Highways Performance Space, Santa Monica; Kate’s Studio, Colorado; Sushi, San Diego; Luna Sea, San Francisco; The Echo, Portland; Randolph Street, Chicago. 

The collective has been interviewed by Coco Fusco for Bomb Magazine (1995) and written about extensively in by Meiling Cheng for Theater Forum, Drama Review, and her “The Other Los Angeles” (California Press, 2002).


Support from the Flintridge Foundation and Joan Hotchkiss.
 

Photo credit: Jerry Browning