Inside the Stairs, at the Edges of My Body #1
Opening & Performance
Friday April 17th 7 pm
Final installation on view through Saturday 18th
…If we embrace these differences open-minded, nothing bad can happen. It’s when we point them out, and start calling them you and me, or mine and yours, that we lose our freedom and we start a war
Inside the Stairs, at the Edges of My Body #1 is a first study on borders- borders between self and other, inside and outside, past and present, intimate space and shared environment.
Marginalia: On the Edges of Art, Money & Access
Saturday April 18th, 12 pm
A brunch salon discussion led by Gabrielle Mertz on actions in the underground and overground of the art world, direct and applied interventions at the intersection of art, money, and access and reading from “How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood” with editors Michi Jigarjian and Qiana Mestrich about the balance and unbalance within the intersection of life and art.
At the end of the brunch, the installation will be taken down through another intervention.
Please RSVP for brunch to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Valentina Medda is an Italian artist from Sardinia based in NY. She holds an MA in Philosophy and a certificate program from ICP –International Center of Photography.
Her work has been shown internationally in different venues: Copenhagen Photo Festival; Triennale BOVISA -Milano; MANIFESTA07 –Bolzano; movie kill –Berlin; TinaB_Prague’s Antibiennal; PERFORMA09 –NY; DUMBO Art Festival –NY; Palazzo della Gran Guardia –Verona; Couvent de Récollets –Paris; NoGallery NY 2011; Gallery ps 122, NY 2010.
She has been artist in residence in Les Bain:Connective-Brussel, 2006; in Rencontres internationals aux Recollets –Paris, 2011; Cité des Arts –Paris, 2012, OPEN CARE/FARE, Milan, 2014. She received the kodak Award, the MOVIN-UP Award, the Master&Back Fellowship, and the NYFA Mentorship for Immigrant artists. Among her recent publications, an article in the international review of Art and Psychology ; an interview on her work in the Art&Culture magazine EXCLAMA (Colombia); an article in the monthly art magazine Arte Mondadori (IT); an interview on her recent project “My Blood runs” in the webplatform Copypaste cultur;, and a photogallery on her interventional project “How to be beautiful” in La Repubblica. She has been recommended for the 54th Venice Biennale. Her article “Arte e forma” will be published in Novembre in the “Quaderni di Piscoarte” for the international Psycological review. She’s currently an artist in residence in Flux Factory –NY.
Gabrielle Mertz is a visual artist and choreographer and serves as the Director of Collaboration House. As the Founder/Artistic Director of Ondine and Company, she created multimedia dance performances and site-specific installations for ten seasons. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Europe at the Cultural Center of Krakow, High Museum, International Dance Festival, Rialto Center for the Performing Arts, American Dance Festival, 7Stages, King Plow Arts Center, and the Performance Space, among others. She is the recipient of commissions/awards from the Cultural Olympiad, City of Atlanta, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Georgia Council for the Arts, and Center for Puppetry Arts, among others. Her work with nonprofit/international institutions includes The Carter Presidential Center, John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Global Philanthropy, Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and Foundation for Arts & Humanities. She has taught/lectured at New York University, Bruce High Quality Foundation University, Emory University, and Image Film & Video Center.
Michi Jigarjian is a visual artist and the Co-President of Baxter Street Camera Club NY. She is a co-founder of Secretary Press and New Draft Collective and received her M.F.A from ICP Bard. Recently her work was a commission by the Maritime Foundation to install a site specific exhibition on the historic sailboat Sherman Zwicker. Her books include Writing as Practice, How We Do Both: Art and Motherhood and the three volume series Mold. Jigarjian’s work has been exhibited internationally and she is a 2013 recipient of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Swing Space Residency.
Special thanks to Adrian Owen!