BRIC House Presents its Fall 2021 Exhibitions ~ Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of… and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani

 

 

 

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani, video still, 2021

BRIC House will open its doors to two Fall 2021 Exhibitions, Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of …  and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani on September 29th.

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani, video still, 2021

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The Mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani contains two elements, a composite video and a large-scale handmade ceramic musical instrument. The video documents the artist, also known as Koyoltzintli, performing a series of rituals in which she introduces herself to the landscape of Ulster County, New York, the place she was quarantined over the past year. Miranda-Rivadeneira enacts alli kawsay, a Kiwcha word for balanced living with the earth, something learned from years of watching her mamita enter a new landscape and salute.

Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of…

Working on the floor of an immense studio, Athena LaTocha created In the Wake of … over a 55-foot long expanse of photographic paper, vigorously layering water,  ink, soil, and other materials across its surface, and marking it with impressions of rocks and such industrial detritus as metal scraps, concrete bricks, and tire shreds.  LaTocha works with a largely abstract language in the elaboration of immersive works that express her profound relationship with the land. She conveys time and space as deeply layered, relentlessly impacted by natural and human forces, and often, by traumatic cultural and social histories.

Athena LaTocha in Peekskill, New York studio, June 01, 2021. Image courtesy of the artist.

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani and Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of…This act of harmonizing with the landscape becomes a form of “languaging” using Walter Mignolo’s term, a disruptive space between being and belonging, thinking and writing. Drawing on the air or on the ground, in an impermanent mark made with stones, mud, ice and branches, these simple iconographies echo ancestral pictographs that are universal, ancient, and urgent. These videos aim to address our intersectionality with the earth, the responsibility to acknowledge the first stewards of this land and the natural environment.

Courtesy of the artist

BRIC House Fall 2021 exhibitions, Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of … and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani, will open on September 29th, with an opening reception on September 29th from 5:00 ~ 8:00pm (timed entry required). Please RSVP for one of three hour time slots. BRIC House is located at647 Fulton Street in Brooklyn. This is a FREE event. The exhibitions will be on view to January 9, 2022.

 

 

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