Dreading Port au Prince was a proposal for the 5th Ghetto Biennale's open call mapping the city of Port au Prince. Dreading attempted to create a conceptual map by visiting different barbershops in different neighbourhoods by collecting scrap hair. Barber shops and hair salons are an interesting constant throughout the city, defying class. Around 30 barbershops and salons participated. After 2 month collection, we finally settled in the yard of the Biennale in Atis Rezistans where the local community participated in dreading the dread. Some people expressed their desire to cut their hair and donate it to the project so there was a very nice spontaneous barber shop on site. The project aimed to bring people together, to connect, to explore and to learn. Through this project I was able to meet so many people, explore so many different neighbourhoods, make some incredible new friends, learn a different craft and language and engage support in the conduction.

Retou was a continuation ritual of return of Dreading Port au Prince. After the hair that was donated from all the barber shops and people we created a dread where symbolically we are all weaved together into something united and strong. From Port au Prince I traveled to Cap Haitian, where the first slave ships arrived. The location chosen is a very special and energetic place where sweet water mixes with salt water. After the ritual of carrying it, washing it, and saying goodbye the dread was released into the water. Because of the currents we thought it would be washed off but the dread disappeared into the sea, witnessing an incredible energy and movement that the dread performed on its own.

Archipiélago was a continuing collaborative action following "el dolor de la partida" by Marielys Burgos Meléndez during the El Aranazo Performance Festival Kilometro Cero 2017 in Santo Domingo, DR.
We both started a performative walk through the Zona Colonial, a place we felt intense about, inscribed by colonial history. Marielys carried her material, a mirror, salt and stones wrapped in red cloth and I carried mine, a bucket of water. As we arrived to our point Marielys made her ritual of breaking the mirror with each stone, representing a specific pain of departures and migration, particularly Puerto Ricans and other Caribbean people having to leave their island for a better life. Before striking the mirror, each stone was sealed with a phrase that Marielys has been told or have heard in relation to this situation; words that carry guilt, conflict, pain, claims, and sadness.  After this was completed, she handed me the pieces and her red cloth for protection. Constructing Archipiélago was a symbolic healing ritual that entailed washing the pieces with salt and water, giving one piece of mirror to each person present and inviting them to contemplate the broken mirror landscape and place the given piece in a composition thus creating an accumulation of "broken islands", like the Caribbean, that carry a lot of pain but that have developed unique creativity and culture from this pain.

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Toporythmia is a collective and collaborative experiment which asks of participators of different dance backgrounds, individual or in groups, to engage in movement by listening to particular music that might seem unfamiliar and improvising to it. Then follows a discussion about the experience and what is it like to listen and respond, to connect or not, what is it that we connect to, what is it that moves us, what does rhythm and movement reveal to us. 

To Separate uses stretchers and rope in order to balance the two between them creating a somewhat border, which questions the notion of borders as separators or unifiers. This work is heavily influenced by Japanese philosophy of the Kekkai used in theatres and films and its symbology of activating spaces and its inevitable nature of being capable of separation and connection. 

To Separate / To Escape / To Rest
was a trilogy created during my senior year in an attempt to explore the formalities of painting and the studio and ultimately redefine them and the artist.


 

To Rest is the result of finally escaping, the studio but also the materials and finally being free to create in an environment that is inspiring and being free to express what is needed. A natural surrounding, the joy of creating in the outdoors, the pleasure of enjoying your own constructions.

To Escape used an entire roll of canvas which was ripped into strips and then tied together to create a rope. The  act took place in the studio and it was quite a literal response to the artist wanting to escape the studio walls but also all kinds of walls that might keep creativity. In the escape is a failure because the rope cant reach anywhere and consequently falling.

Impulsive action 
that 
enhances and delivers 
a variety of feelings and thoughts. 

feelings and thoughts that begin with
a curiosity
towards
creations that 
challenge a given site
(and the site as a mere representation of the world)

what happens in a space
once we leave a trace in it          (?)
how is space activated               (?)
why this ancestral need to mark (?)
to invent borders                         (?)
to leave a trace                            (?)

I am exploring 
these re-occuring questions  -

through simplicity 
within site specificity
by conceptuality 
and absolutely in feeling and spontaneity 
(listen true act true and stay true!)

-not as questions
but as initiators 
curiosify yourself
to understand the world
to understand people
to understand 
ever changing mechanisms
of communication 
and … doing
(break it down)


borders
are perceived and given as dividers
but I am so astonished at the fact
that they can be
perceived and given
as
unifiers.

conclusion:

A collaboration project of Greek artist Anna Lioliou and Kuwaiti artist Noor Al-Fayez.

The project is a performance of personal writings being narrated in the native tongue of each. The writings were then typed into Bing, a common platform used by Facebook to translate foreign language commentary. The writing were translated into English, which is in subtitles.  The project is emphasizing the importance of each language, and proves that there are words, ideas, and philosophies that cannot be translated and delivered. 'see translation' is a commentary on cyber exchange and its side effects.
 

Art is life and life is art. Working as a server and refilling the ketchup bottles while being a senior. When there is no time to go the studio, you carry your studio with you. It is a challenge to pre-set concepts of painting and art, trying to create new imagery, that reflects a unique generation of artists. The frame is used to provoke the idea of a painting and its projection on it is surpassing the frame. A response to my actual inescapable situation and creatively engaging it in my artistic work.

The Nomadic Project was an idea that emerged after our studios and work were destroyed because of a fire disaster. The response of our professors was to immediately start painting again. My response was that we needed to collectively create a space to share and exchange and heal. An open call was made to bring any kind of old cloth and help build an impromptu 'cadir' (an improvised temporary shed that nomadic peoples use), and make use of the space as an activating force to come together.