Thursday, August 31, 2017

ELVET - Architectures and Archetypes

(Alex Apt)

he texture of a body's architecture 
The stature of a statue
The posture of too high standing pillars
Too tall to hold 
Buildings Built On Buildings 
Too Bold To Console 
 As Bold As Blood

BLACK VELVET - Architectures and Archetypes is an original multidisciplinary performance art work created and premiered by Shamel Pitts, Mirelle Martins and Lucca del Carlo in São Paulo, Nov/2016.
(Wilian Aguiar)
(Wilian Aguiar)
 BLACK VELVET is a celebration of the many textures, beauty, delicacy, and strength within us. It Is an art piece that aims to share and reflect on the colorfulness of blackness -especially in regards to black women- in a relationship of love, compassion and camaraderie. 
(Alex Apt)
(Alex Apt)
This work researches and shares the sensibility of ideals, models and textures as a projection of self. The dealing within these structures of systems is to discover what is inside of us, between us and around us. To hopefully bridge the distances so that we can see and meet each other. Some systems must be broken, re imagined, in order to reconstruct.
Trailer: Mauricio Pisani

BERLIN | August 10th, 11th at Dock 11 (2 shows)
STOCKHOLM | September 6th - 7th at STOFF Stockholm Fringe Festival (2 shows)
SÃO PAULO | September 30th, October 1st (TBA)
NEW YORK CITY | January 06th- 14th at 14th street Y Theater. (5 shows)
(Alex Apt)
(Alex Apt)
Creation and Performance: Shamel Pitts and Mirelle Martins 
Choreography: Shamel Pitts 
Light and Video mapping: Lucca del Carlo 
Collaborative Lighting Artist: Tom Love
Costume Designer: David Gap 
Photos and Videos: Mauricio Pisani, Alex Apt, Wilian Aguiar
Audio: Tentáculo Áudio (Ed Côrtes) 
Graphic Design: Robson Simon 
Executive Producer: Anna Zêpa

Black Velvet is an international project made possible with the collaboration of many individuals, institutions and professionals. 
We are open to other areas of support as well, like barters with hotels, restaurants, art institutions and brands.
If you would like to collaborate please fell free to send us a message.
(Alex Apt)
(Alex Apt)
Organizing for Action

The critical fights that we're immersed in today -- those for racial, gender, and labor equality -- are rooted in struggles from decades ago.

With recent events, I have to admit to feeling that perhaps we aren't making progress on these crucial issues, and in fact we might be going backwards. And that's when I know I need to find inspiration from the great community activists who have come before us.

One such organizing giant is Dolores Huerta, who worked tirelessly for justice and became one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century.

She's the subject of Dolores, a new documentary that tells the story of Huerta's pivotal work as an equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers' union with Cesar Chavez, and explores why her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized until now.

The IFC Center in New York City will be screening Dolores starting this weekend -- running through September 7 -- take a look at the schedule, and see if you can attend.

This film offers an intimate and unprecedented access to Huerta, and reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one's life to fighting for social change -- which, at 87, she continues fighting to this day.

I hope you will be able to attend this screening, and become as inspired as I am by Dolores Huerta -- a rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother.

See if you can attend a screening:

National Organizing Director
Organizing for Action

On Friday, August 25, 2017, the Department of Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced that the president issued an executive order titled “Imposing Additional Sanctions with Respect to the Situation in Venezuela,” which essentially prohibits United States persons from engaging in transactions related to most new and existing debt, and new equity, of the government of Venezuela. However, engaging in transactions related to equity of the government of Venezuela is generally permissible if the equity was issued prior to the effective date of the executive order, and provided that no United States person purchase securities from the government of Venezuela. 

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