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Traveling Fountains & Performances

August 20 @ 5:00 pm August 21 @ 5:00 pm UTC-5

Site-specific installation: Graciela Cassel 

Performances: Julia Santoli and Carolina Rivera 

Curated by Emireth Herrera Valdés

Flux Factory on Governors Island presents Traveling Fountains + Performances, a site-specific installation by Graciela Cassel, and performances by Julia Santoli and Carolina Rivera. This show is curated by Emireth Herrera Valdés. 

Considering the “fountain” as a symbol of free-flowing energy, paralleling our human circulatory system, Traveling Fountains invite the viewer to meditate on the water in different states. Governors Island becomes a reflective scenario where performances by Julia Santoli and Carolina Rivera create a dialogue to reinforce the water’s beautiful transparency and lucidity creating sinuous rhythms and movements. 

Today, we witness in awe and despair the dissolving of water’s stoic, ageless solid state, our ice caps melting, a murmur bringing forth a troubled destiny, a political chore for society to unravel and restore. Traveling Fountains aim to bring awareness of our need to care for our rivers and oceans. Traveling Fountains + Performances conjures nature with the urban space.

This event is free and open to the public.

Brief Bios:

Graciela Cassel was born in Argentina and currently lives in New York. Cassel’s works based on nature, even all urban, are presented through a lens of nature. Cassel is a multimedia artist who showed her works at Museo del Barrio, Sotheby’s Art Institute, BRAC, Varis Center at Urban Glass, Chashama, and Bienal del Sur in Argentina. Cassel’s videos received numerous international awards. In 2020, Cassel received a fellowship in the NY Historical Society, and 2021 a fellowship with Ankhlave and Queens Botanical Garden.

Emireth Herrera Valdés (b. Saltillo, Mexico) is an independent curator and writer based in New York City. Herrera’s curatorial and writing practice reflects her commitment to socially-engaged projects and the contextualization of issues of migration, mobility, dislocation, refugees, and indigenous culture within the development of Latin and American art. Herrera has curated exhibitions at Queens Museum, Flux Factory in NYC, the Sinaloa Museum of Art in Mexico, and the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU. Her articles have been published by Arte Fuse, Brooklyn Rail, VISTAS by ISLAA, and LAR magazine.

Julia Santoli. Creating immersive and precarious environments with voice, video, feedback, electronics, psycho-acoustics, and installation, Santoli navigates presence, memory, and postmemory– memory ruptured by dislocation and inheritance (diaspora), mediated only through representation, projection, and creation. Santoli has had the honor of being a 2019 Music Resident at Pioneer Works, a 2019 Asian Cultural Council grantee to Japan researching sound art and spatial practices, and a 2018 Artist in Residence at Issue Project Room. 

Carolina Rivera (b. Santiago, Chile) began her dance training at the Teatro Municipal de Santiago School Ballet. She majored in dance at the University of Chile with High Honors and the Excellence Award. Carolina has performed as a Soloist and as Ensemble in various operas at the renowned Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile. Rivera attended the Martha Graham School, NYC, as a scholarship recipient and joined Graham II, performing soloist roles and chorus in the Graham repertory. She has danced works by Jacqulyn Buglisi, Yung Yung Tsuai Lerner, Blakeley White- McGuire, Lone Larsen, Martin Lofsnes, Edgar Cortes, Shawn Rawls, Alison Cook-Beatty, and Martha Graham. 

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