Maya Jeffereis invites participants to engage in a conversation about politics of identity and morality by participating in a military training exercise. The exercise is taken from a US military training document to test officers’ values and decision-making processes. In a hypothetical end of the world scenario, ten people of diverse backgrounds occupy a fall-out shelter. However, the shelter can guarantee survival for only six people. Participants must decide which four are to be excluded from the group in order that the remaining six may live to rebuild society. In this exercise, participants must argue in favor of and against each of the occupants until the group reaches a full consensus.
Maya Jeffereis is an artist and museum educator based in New York. Her artistic practice includes performance, video, and installation. She has shown in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad, most recently at Black Ball Projects, Underdonk, and FiveMyles in Brooklyn. She is a recipient of a Cisneros Award for Latin American Art and a Luetz/Riedel Fellowship, among others. Residencies in which Jeffereis has participated include the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, Beta-Local Walking Seminar in San Juan, and SOMA Summer in Mexico City. She holds a MFA in Performance, Video, and Installation from Hunter College in New York, a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and a BA in Classics from the University of Washington in Seattle. Currently, Jeffereis is the Education Associate of Public Engagement at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum where she works to engage diverse audiences through gallery and studio programs.