From July 27-August 14, I will be exploring safety within queer spaces during an artist residency at SOHO20 Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.
ADDRESS SOHO20 Gallery, 56 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (map)
|||| ONGOING PROJECTS ||||
1. Ideal Safe(r) Space
Immersive wall drawing installation of an ideal safe(r) space for the LGBTQI community based on input gathered from a survey. Please participate by filling out this survey.
2. Mapping Safe(r) Space
Interactive wall map documenting LGBTQI safe(r) spaces around the world with map flags and memory-based drawings in collaboration with artist Sarah G. Sharp (Brooklyn, NY) and audience participants.
|||| EVENTS ||||
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1. August 5, 7, 14, 20 & September 4 12-8pm: Protective Tattoo Fundraiser | CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP AND VIEW TATTOOS
Protective tattoos of plant and crystal imagery to benefit survivors of the tragedy in Orlando.
2. August 6, 3-5pm: Brave Act Of Love/Acción Brava De Amor, Collaborative Performance by Awilda Rodriguez Lora (San Juan, Puerto Rico) | CLICK HERE TO RSVP
You are invited to build on collaborative actions while creating a space for us and by us that embraces our bodies through love, trust, respect, gestural movements and dance.
3. August 12, 6-8pm: Open Studio
4. August 13, 5-9pm: Consent is Sexy Tea Dance with Felix Endara (Brooklyn, NY) | CLICK HERE TO RSVP
Closing tea dance event including refreshments, films and final viewing of mapping and drawing projects created during residency.
After the murder of our queer POC folks at Orlando's Pulse, and the ongoing and relentless zealous policing of Black and Brown bodies, how do we continue to enjoy the spaces that have been our havens, our places of joy and love? “Consent is Sexy” is a process: What are your your stories of nightlife? How do you envision queer space as healing, and holding potential for our growth and renewal? Together, we are throwing a party.
|||| CONTRIBUTING ARTIST BIOGRAPHIES ||||
Born in Ecuador, Felix Endara is a New York-based independent filmmaker and programmer whose films have screened at festivals including Berlinale, Frameline, Outfest, NewFest, DOC NYC, and Mill Valley. Felix has a long and consistent track record of producing innovative, thought-provoking media of consequence. Topics he has covered have ranged from the preservation and celebration of LGBT historical spaces to character portraits of activists who rise up to the challenges of fighting prejudice and violence. Grit & Grind, his most recent short documentary, tells the story of the Clit Club, an edgy lesbian club set in New York’s Meatpacking District in the 1990s, as the city struggled with the AIDS epidemic. www.felixendara.com
Awilda Rodríguez Lora is a performance choreographer and cultural entrepreneur. She challenges the concepts of woman, sexuality, and self-determination. She uses movement, sound, video, and literal instantiations of an “economy of living” that potentiate and subtract from her body’s value in the contemporary art market. Rodríguez Lora is a host at La Rosario in Santurce, where she is creating, researching, and producing her life project, La Mujer Maravilla, while developing new strategies for the sustainability of live arts in Puerto Rico. After more than ten years of work as a fully independent artist, she is committed to further studying how artistic economies can be harnessed to support alternative forms of life rooted in communality, creativity, and social justice. www.laperformera.org
emily north/em16 is a Brooklyn artist creating immersive work on bodies and paper in a queer analysis of figurative representation. Her practice unites human interaction and form. She adopts her language and materials to each project, working both independently and collaboratively. Her recent drawings explore disappearing moments of connection as urban development shifts queer spaces. Through intimate exchange, she has professionally tattooed hundreds of images on bodies. Her current focus is a project consisting of collaborative artistic tattoos and corresponding drawings that speak to the theme of healing queer, female, and gender nonconforming bodies. emily received her MFA from Rutgers in 2009 and BFA from Parsons School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in film festivals and galleries, including Brooklyn Museum, Leslie Lohman, Fountain, Artists Space, Longwood Gallery, San Francisco Arts Commission, Queens Museum, and Brooklyn Borough Hall. www.em16.com | intagram @em16
Sarah G. Sharp is an artist and curator whose interests include critical media, alternative social histories, language, place, technology and craft. She is the recipient of a Getty Library Research Grant, a BRIC Arts Media Fellowship and residency awards at Cortijada Los Gázquez in Almeria, Spain, The Vermont Studio Center, and ESKFF at Mana Contemporary Art. Sharp has exhibited widely including The Aldrich Museum, The Hampden Gallery at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Frederieke Taylor Gallery and Momenta Art in New York. Sharp’s Oral History Interview with artist Elaine Reichek was published by the Archives of American Art at the Smithsonian Institute in 2009. Sharp an MFA in Studio art and an MA in Modern and Contemporary Art, Criticism and Theory from Purchase College, SUNY. She is the co-founder of COHORT, an artist’s collective in Brooklyn, NY and is faculty in the Art Practice MFA Program at School of Visual Arts in New York and an Assistant Professor in Visual Arts at University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She lives and works in Baltimore and Brooklyn. www.sarahgsharp.net