What: Exhibition "Resilience", by Brazilian artists Fernanda Carvalho, Liana Nigri, Liene Bosquê, Maria Senise and Vitoria Hadba. Curated by Juliana Leandra
Where: Emma Thomas NYC (Manhattan) (319 Grand Street, 5th Floor)
When: December 8 – January 11
Dream Box is pleased to announce Resilience, a group exhibition of five international female artists who reside in New York.
Resilience is an all-female art exhibition featuring five Brazilian artists living in New York City. Conceptualized and presented by the creative lab Dream Box and designed to happen at Emma Thomas Gallery, the exhibition will run from December 8, 2016 through January 11, 2017, with an opening reception on December 8 from 6-9pm. Curated by Juliana Leandra, the artists featured in the show are Fernanda Carvalho, Liana Nigri, Liene Bosquê, Maíra Senise and Vitoria Hadba.
By "resilience," the exhibition investigates cultural aspects of human exertion given that the five participants are women, artists and immigrants. These artists work across a variety of visual arts media. They create art in different forms and formats, including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation and photography, which arises from the links between adaptation, creativity and survival in a foreign land.
Invoking the endurance of living in a foreign context while nurturing a commitment to art, the exhibition Resilience is curated by Juliana Leandra, a NY-based Brazilian-born independent curator who runs Dream Box, mounting creative collaborations with international artists. The exhibition features a text written by Courtney Smith, a Brooklyn-based artist with both US and Brazilian roots, incorporating fragments from short, written accounts she solicited from each artist.
Resilience is concerned with distilling the present moment of these artists’ lives. The theme of the exhibition has been explored in depth throughout the past months by means of a unique engagement between the artists and the curator. More attention has been given to every decision, challenge, accomplishment, or setback that takes place as the awareness of vulnerability within this unfamiliar world has become more acute.
These female artists exude resilience through artworks that forge possibilities of expression. The combination of patterns, colors, motifs, structures, materials, shapes and techniques reveals their progression and adaptation to an environment that little by little they absorb and turn into their source of strength.
ResilienceWhen you see yourself as your physical body in outline moving against a background that does not belong to you, that is the effect of being lonely in a foreign land. You may find yourself traveling along busy streets, surrounded by people entering and exiting buildings and vehicles, transporting objects, exchanging words, yet your body is distinct and separate from all others. Against the sidewalks and storefronts of the foreign land, the contours of your being come into focus and you see the limits of your self, where you begin and where you end, all that is part of you and all that is not. Back where you came from, your body is indistinguishable from others. There bodies flow into each other even without contact. Invisible limbs link one to other so that you cannot tell where one ends and the other begins. There you are folded into the landscape and risk disappearing among all familiar things, living and constructed. In the new land your form affirms its integrity and from within you can watch it in motion.
On View: December 8th, 2016 - January 11th, 2017
Opening Reception: December 8th, 6 - 9PM
Emma Thomas Gallery
471 Kirkstall Road
Leeds West Yorkshire LS4 2QD
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