Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Jesus Benavente: I'm Not Dancing, I'm Struggling to Survive

 

Jesus Benavente: I'm Not Dancing, I'm Struggling to Survive
Friday March 23, 8 PM


Marking the closing of Alina Grasmann’s exhibition Paper Town, Jesus Benavente transforms the gallery into a party scene, replete with balloons, lights, and dance music. I'm Not Dancing, I'm Struggling to Survive is a a performance installation that chafes gatherings and policing in our city streets against the Americana of Grasmann’s paintings. Filmed and found footage of recent marches, protests, and police surveillance and activity are projected around the quiet and unassuming town of Agloe, NY, the kind of town in whose name our cities are policed, black bodies, gunned down, and immigrants deported. This performance installation stages the distance between two competing images of America and its current socio-political reality, which feels like the end of a party, and invites you to dance.

Benavente is interested in parties as a celebratory events that mark transitional stages in life, such as such as birthdays, weddings, going away/retirement parties, and even funerals, while also containing a sense of sadness and loss for what preceded it. Here party lights are replaced by flashing police sirens; white balloons slowly deflate on the floor; dance songs are intercut with anti-protest sound cannons; and singalongs become protest chants. The setlist, bookended by sad love songs, is composed of everything from hip-hop to doo-wop and serves to narrate the nation’s current state of affairs, ranging from cultural appropriation to police brutality. Dancing, Benavente posits, be it in the streets of the club, its political and emancipatory potential, is a means of survival and finding happiness in such a period of political transition and upheaval. The sense of anxiety, ambiguity, and danger each of the artist’s work poses, is undercut by a sense of the possible and energy of people in the street and bodies on the dance floor.

 
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Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

Umber Majeed: Atomi Daamaki Wali Mohabbat (The Atomically Explosive Love)

 
 2017- ongoing , Animation/ Lecture Performance, 27:04

2017- ongoing , Animation/ Lecture Performance, 27:04

UMBER MAJEED
ATOMI DAAMAKI WALI MOHABBAT (THE ATOMICALLY EXPLOSIVE LOVE)

Of Tongues and Hands closing performance lecture



Atomi Daamaki Wali Mohabbat (The Atomically Explosive Love) is a multi-chapter animation and lecture performance that chronicles the history of nuclear power in Pakistan, the first ‘Muslim nuclear state’. Umber uses state and familial archives to intersect specific historical moments, starting with the successful nuclear tests performed in the 1990s to the conception/destruction of a military-state monument, Chaghi Monument Hill. Chaghi is a motif, location, and historical moment that is reconstituted within religious-state logic and in digital space. The interface is used as a reflexive canon to view this recent past, the images of the monument, moment of the blast, and associations of nation looming, haunting in the present. The green screen represents Islamic orientalism, Pakistani nationalism, as well as a projection space for the populist imagination. Using flora as a metaphor for embedded violence, the script narrativizes the nationalizing of flower, beauty, and love. This is a technique deployed by state propaganda and the narration is written through the lens of a fictional populist contemporary Urdu poet, inspired by an actual poem written by a patriarchal academic from Punjab University, Pakistan. The character is a reflection on how science, culture, and religion all intersect in mainstream populism in Pakistan; state propaganda has penetrated into the aesthetic and content of the everyday. The reading through the female (herself), allows for a queering and alternative historicizing of South Asia in an age of global nationalist uprisings.

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Umber Majeed is a multidisciplinary visual artist. Her art training in Pakistan, New York, and Lebanon has activated a mapping of her cultural hybridity to negotiate tactics of sociality as an American born and raised, Pakistani-descent Muslim, woman of color. She received her MFA from Parsons the New School for Design in 2016 and graduated from Beaconhouse National University in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013. In July 2017, she completed the HWP fellowship at Ashkal Alwan in Beirut, Lebanon. Majeed has shown in venues across Pakistan, North America, and Europe. Recent group exhibitions include; ‘The Divided Self’, The Slought Foundation, Philadelphia (2012), ‘Ornate Activate’, Shirin Gallery, New York (2015), and “The Museum: Within and Without”, The State Hermitage Museum, St.Petersburg, Russia (2015), “welcome to what we took from is the state”, Queens Museum, New York (2016), and 'Promises to Keep', apexart, New York (2017). Her work has been acquired by several private collections, including the Lekha and Anupam Poddar Collection at the Devi Art Foundation in Gurgaon, India.

 
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Jan
19
7:30 PM19:30

Keren Anavy & Valerie Green/Dance Entropy: Utopia

 
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Entrée/Encore
presents

Keren Anavy/Valerie Green/Dance Entropy: Utopia
January 19, 7:30 pm
Free and open to the public


Where is Utopia? Is it a physical, external place—or, might it reside internally?

In collaboration with visual artist Keren Anavy, Dance Entropy Artistic Director Valerie Green explores the idea of an internal Utopia through dance and visual art in her newest evening-length work.

Anavy is an alumna of the NARS Foundation International Artist in Residency program and a recent recipient of the Asylum Arts Grant. She is turning her large-scale paintings into 10-foot cylindrical pillars to be used throughout the piece.

The pillars act as an extension of the internal world, constantly forming barriers, spaces, and other environments for the dancers to both react to and orchestrate. This dynamic art installation is in perpetual motion, being constantly built and dismantled.

The dancers’ internal Utopia explorations are unique. They might experience pain, chaos, compassion, suffocation, release, and intimacy. In a particular subtext, they feel opposing forces of safety/unsafety. These internal explorations manifest in solos, duets, and group sections.

Acting as both props and set, Anavy’s painted pillars contribute to Utopia’s striking energy and challenge the viewer’s conception of how art, dance, and design interact with and influence one another.

Performed by: Emily Aiken, Caitlyn Casson, Erin Gio, Kristin Licata, and Richard Scandola

"Anavy's site-specific environments cue us in on the realm that lies just beyond the traps we've set for ourselves. The images ask of us, what do we see, and from where we see, why are such worlds not possible?” -James Diaz, Anti-Heroin Chic

Collaborators
Keren Anavy, Visual Artist
Martyn Axe, Broadway Composer (Previous collaboration: Impermanent Landscape)
Deborah Erenberg, Costume Designer (Previous collaborations: Riptide, Hinge, Inexplicable Space, Succession)
Joe Levasseur, Lighting Designer (Previous collaboration: Impermanent Landscape)

Utopia has been/is scheduled to be performed at:
Dixon Place
NARS Foundation
APAP Booking Festival
Green Space
Movement Research

 
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Dec
19
2:30 PM14:30

Lieselotte Fontrodona/Stefani Kuo: Absence

 
 
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Entrée/Encore
presents

Lieselotte Fontrodona/Stefani Kuo: Absence
December 19, 5 pm



ab·sence /ˈabsəns/
noun
the state of being away from a place or person
an occasion or period of being away from a place or person
the nonexistence; lack of; deficiency
failure to attend or appear when expected

Join us on December 19 for Absence, a collaboration between New York-based artist Stefani Kuo and Dutch artist-in-residence Lieselotte Fontrodona.

Stefani Kuo will be performing in Lieselotte Fontrodona’s sculpture installation space on Tuesday 19 December 2017 at 5pm.

A piece of what it means to be defined by absence, to be the object and its border, to be the backbone and yet have no dimensions, Absence began in Berlin when Fontrodona and Kuo first met and has flourished into two separate artists’ work colliding as one

 
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Oct
26
7:00 PM19:00

Hair Drive by Mira Dayal

 
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Entrée/Encore
presents

Hair Drive by Mira Dayal
October 26, 7-8 pm

On October 26th, Mira Dayal will be present in the gallery to lead a hair drive, in which she and an assistant will be collecting the language and material of hair. Visitors can expect to complete a brief survey and participate in a hair-gathering process. Please bring your comb or brush.

This event accompanies the exhibition Material Metaphors, a solo show by Mira Dayal of work made with and about hair, up through November 3rd at NARS Foundation.

*Hair will not be cut.

 
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Jun
14
7:00 PM19:00

Artist Talk: Knutte Wester

 
Entrée/Encore
presents

Artist Talk with Knutte Wester
June 14, 7-9 PM

NARS is pleased to welcome back Knutte Wester for an artist talk and presentation of his artistic practice, including clips from his latest film A Bastard Child. Paintings for the film were made during his 2015 residency.


A Bastard Child recently premiered at prestigious IDFA in Amsterdam and Hot Docs in Toronto and is scheduled to premiere in the US later this fall.

Wester is a Swedish artist educated at the Umeå Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He works with sculpture, drawing and film, always with a documentary approach. His work as been exhibited internationally, and is currently on view at Varbergs Konsthall. He is represented by Gallery Andersson/Sandström.

 
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Katya Grokhovsky “The Future is Bright (in progress)”
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

Katya Grokhovsky “The Future is Bright (in progress)”

 
 Katya Grokhovsky, The Future is Bright (One Fine Day), 2017

Katya Grokhovsky, The Future is Bright (One Fine Day), 2017

Entrée/Encore
presents

Katya Grokhovsky, "The Future is Bright (in progress)"
May 19, 6-8 pm


NARS Foundation is pleased to present residency alumna Katya Grokhovsky’s “The Future is Bright (in progress)”, a one night mixed media installation, accompanied by artist talk and discussion with curator and art critic Audra Lambert as part of its Entree/Encore public events series. “The Future is Bright” is an ongoing long-term multidisciplinary project, which explores disillusion, migration, identity, re-discovery and the failed utopian promise of ideology through the narrative of Grokhovsky’s only surviving 92 year old grandmother, who was a veteran of World War II and a former member of Communist party in Ukraine. The project investigates formation and de-construction of migrant self through an extraordinary story of survival, humanity and legacy.

*“The Future is Bright” project is supported by Asylum Arts.

Katya Grokhovsky was born in Ukraine, raised in Australia and is based in Brooklyn, NY. She is an artist, independent curator, educator and a founding director of Feminist Urgent. Grokhovsky holds an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a BFA from Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University, Australia and a BA (Honors) in Fashion from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia. Grokhovsky has received support through numerous residencies, fellowships and awards including Wassaic Artist Residency, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Studios at MASS MoCA, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, WY, SOHO20 Gallery Lab Residency, BRIC Media Arts Fellowship, VOX Populi AUX Curatorial Fellowship, Residency Unlimited, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, NARS Partial Fellowship, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency, Watermill Center International Summer Residency, Asylum Arts Grant, Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, APT (Artist pension trust) Membership, Australia Council for the Arts ArtStart Grant, NYFA Mentoring Program for Immigrant Artists, Chashama space to create grant, NYC, Freedman Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists, and others. Her work has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally.

Audra Lambert is an independent curator and art critic, born in New Orleans, based in New York, NY. Founder of Antecedent Projects (2014), a sustainable urban curatorial consultancy investigating site-specific heritage and cultural regeneration, she has curated exhibits with CoLab-Factory, White Roof Project, Flux Art Fair (2015-16) and (most recently) with the New York City Parks Dept's Arsenal Gallery (2017). Lambert is co-founder of social justice nonprofit alt_break art fair, and she has worked with NY-based art nonprofits More Art and Friends of Material for the Arts, NYC Dept of Cultural Affairs. She has coordinated art installations and performances with artists such as Dread Scott, Autumn Ahn, and Sari Carel. She is Editor-in-Chief of ANTE. media outlet, covering contemporary fine art, design, & culture, and her writing has appeared in D/Railed Mag, Americans for the Arts, Artefuse and Quiet Lunch. She holds a BA, Art History & Asian Studies from Saint Peter's University and is currently completing her MA thesis at the City College of NY (CUNY).

Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

 
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Apr
28
6:00 PM18:00

Bat-Ami Rivlin & Corsin Billeter | Re:Re

 

Entrée / Encore
Presents

Re:Re | Bat-Ami Rivlin and Corsin Billeter
April 28, 2017, 6-8 pm

Re:Re: is a collaboration between artists Bat-Ami Rivlin and Corsin Billeter. The project explores different aspects of digital space and the implication of that space’s seamless integration with day to day physical life. This one-night exhibition is an experiment of connectivity and fragmented elements of communication and presence, touching on notions of digital space mimicking physical space and vice verse.


Re:Re: is presented as the closing event for the exhibition Low Res: Spatial Politics in the Cloud.


Bat-Ami Rivlin (*1991) is an Israeli artist based in New York City. Rivlin received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 2016. She participated in numerous group exhibitions in the New York City area, including 'Within a Circuit' at NARS Foundation, 'The Tide' at the SVA Flatiron Gallery, to name a few. Rivlin's work was featured in a Solo Show at the Arts Letters & Numbers Residency, Upstate NY.

Corsin Billeter (*1991) lives and works in Zürich, Switzerland and the digital realm. He studied at the School of Visual Arts, NY and the Zürich University of the Arts, where he got his Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 2016. He was part of several group exhibitions in Zürich and New York and was a finalist for the Start Point Prize 2015 at the National Gallery in Prague, CZ.


Entrée/Encore, a new series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances at NARS Foundation, presents artists and curators in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. This public program contextualizes multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

 
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Feb
24
6:00 PM18:00

Nooshin Rostami | Within a Circuit

 Nooshin Rostami,  Within a Circuit  performance/installation

Nooshin Rostami, Within a Circuit performance/installation

Entrée / Encore
Presents

Within a Circuit by Nooshin Rostami
Friday, February 24, 6-8pm

NARS Foundation is pleased to present Nooshin Rostami’s Within a Circuit, a performance installation as part of its Entree/Encore public events series. Within a Circuit, made during her six-month residency, is consistent with the undercurrents shaping Rostami’s practice, which involves mapping the fine lines between seemingly paradoxical notions such as human versus machine, static versus fluid and stability versus uncertainty.

Nooshin Rostami is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and educator. She was born in 1986 in Shahroud, and raised in Tehran, Iran. Rostami received her MFA from Brooklyn College (CUNY) in 2011. She has widely exhibited and presented her work in solo and group settings in the United States, Iran, India, Italy, Spain, Germany, Austria, and Canada. Rostami’s work has been featured in number of publications such as Baumtestquarterly, Jadaliyya and Ajam Media Collective. Her research interests pertain to politics of geography, identity, and gender. In her work she embodies themes often inspired by personal narratives through mediums of performance, installation, drawing and painting.


Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.
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Feb
21
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk: Cecilia Enberg

 
  (Green-Wood Cemetery), 2016

(Green-Wood Cemetery), 2016

Entrée / Encore
Presents

Artist Talk by Cecilia Enberg

Tuesday, February 21, 6-8pm


NARS is pleased to welcome back residency alumna, Cecilia Enberg, as part of its Entree/Encore public event series.

A talk about patterns, repetitions, and associations, Enberg will present her work, including her 2016 project at NARS, and her most current work at the Carlton Arms Hotel.

Cecilia Enberg is a visual artist living and working in Stockholm, Sweden. She holds a B.Sc in Multimedia and 2014/2015 she took a postgraduate course at the Royal Institute of Art with a printmaking project. SHe is an active member of r a k e t a, an interdisciplinary and collaborative project that experiments within art, design, architecture and digital media.

Interested in the junction between new technology and traditional craftsmanship, Enberg works in various media, such as printmaking, needlework, and photography. Cecilia explores the similarities between recurring everyday events and decorative patterns: “The things we do everyday create patterns in our lives. We seem to have a need to organize and structure our reality, as an attempt to make sense of it. Patterns give us meaning. To understand is to see patterns!”



Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

 
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Nov
29
6:00 PM18:00

Chinese Photography and Contemporary Art

 

Entree / Encore
Presents

Chinese Photography & Contemporary Art

Tuesday, November 29th | 6 - 8pm



Join NARS Curators in Residence He Guiyan and Gu Chenlin and invited guest, Deng Yan, for presentations and discussion of Chinese contemporary art, providing an overview its development, key artists and institutions over the past three decades.

He Guiyan | Deputy Director of Department of Art History & Director of the Contemporary School of Arts, Sichuan Fine Arts Institute

Gu Chenlin | Director of Artistic Department & Curator, Shanghai Photographers Association

Deng Yan | Lecturer, Academy of Art and Design, Tsinghua University

Presented in partnership with Academy of Literary and Art, ChinaFederation of Literary and Art Circles (ALAC), the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

 
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Sep
19
6:00 PM18:00

Democracy Soup by Guy Ben-Ari

 

Entrée/Encore
presents:

Democracy Soup by Guy Ben-Ari
September 19, 6pm

Guy Ben Ari, (AiR '13) kicks of NARS' new public program Entrée/Encore, a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists, like Ben Ari, who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

Guy Ben-Ari's talk will center around his Democracy Soup book, recently published by Meta Meta Meta LLC. This book presents 51 black and white reproductions from a series of ink drawings on vellum that the artist began in 2015. This series of works is based on imagery which originates in the visual world of politics and campaigns, through the lens of news media. Ben-Ari selects images of presidential candidates, hand gestures, televised debate backdrops, U.S. electoral maps, and official White House press material, using them as a starting point for his drawings. Vellum is a surface that inherently resists the act of mark making, repelling the ink in such a way that creates unpredictable textures and patterns. In using this technique, Ben-Ari is able to insert an element of randomness into the process of production. As the ink is applied, the figurative elements often become less legible and increasingly abstract.

Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

 
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Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk with Brigitta Varadi

 
 Keith Nolan Photography, MARKINGS at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland;  Supported by Leitrim Sculpture Centre Fellowship and Artist in Residence Programme, Arts Council of Ireland, Leitrim County Council Art Office

Keith Nolan Photography, MARKINGS at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre, Manorhamilton, Ireland;  Supported by Leitrim Sculpture Centre Fellowship and Artist in Residence Programme, Arts Council of Ireland, Leitrim County Council Art Office

In Partnership with Textile Arts Center, and The Wassaic Project

Entree / Encore
Presents

Artist Talk by Brigitta Varadi

Tuesday, August 23rd at 6pm


Brigitta Varadi’s work explores how memory can inform our present day perspectives and artistic expressions. Working with different type of natural fibres like wool and linen and using textile techniques such as dyeing, felting and sculptural manipulation, Varadi searches for pattern and repetition of gesture that relate to the invisible and everyday rituals of working life and the constructed environment. The process reflects the essence of her work, an erosion of memories through repetitive action till all that remains is the action itself.

Hungarian-born Brigitta Varadi divides her time between New York and Co.Leitrim, Ireland. Her latest solo shows were held at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2015), Ireland, Serbian Church Gallery (2015) Hungary, Textile Arts Centre (2014) New York. Brigitta is a recipient of numerous awards, residency and fellowship programs. She has awarded grants from Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland Artists in Prison Scheme Award, Leitrim County Council Arts Bursary, Culture Ireland Award. Brigitta was acknowledged for her contribution to the arts of Ireland by the President, Mary Mc Alesse, 2008.

She has participated in residencies at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (2014), Textile Arts Centre, Brooklyn, NY (2014), ChaNorth, Chashama, New York( 2013), CAC-Woodside, Troy, New York (2012) in the USA. She is the recipient of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre Fellowship (2015), LOCIS, Europian Cultural Program between Sweden, Poland and Ireland(2014) and TRADE (2011) Fellowships, Ireland and KulttuuriKauppila, Finland (2006).

Currently she is the Education Fellow at the Wassaic Project and selected for the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Brigitta's latest solo, GOLDENROD, a public intervention and pop-up tea shop was presented at the Ortega y Gasset Projects (2016.)

Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.

 
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Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Artist Talk with Liene Bosque

 

Entrée / Encore
Presents

Artist Talk with Liene Bosque
August 19, 2016 6-8 PM


Liene Bosquê’s working process includes imprint and mold making, through which she investigates the sensorial experience existing in architectural, urban and personal spaces. Using materials such as latex, Bosquê creates installations, sculptures, site-specific projects, as well as performance art, eliciting notions of temporality, fragility, memory and history – common themes in her practice.

 
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