This Sunday, October 11th at 6 pm – Soloway presents “Before I Started Working With My Mouth,” a window performance by Mónica Palma

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This Sunday evening, a storefront performance with sidewalk viewing will take place at Soloway, an exhibition space in Brooklyn co-founded by Tomer Aluf, Hakim Bishara, Halsey Rodman, Jenny Nichols, Hannah Barrett, and VCS faculty member Annette Wehrhahn. Here are the details of the event.

 

 

Please join us on Sunday, October 11, at 6pm
for Mónica Palma’s storefront window performance,
Before I Started Working With My Mouth

Whenever Mónica Palma talks about a performance at Soloway, she says, I’ll take a walk near the gallery and see if I can find a good one.  She means a good manhole cover, or tree.  One time, in August, she meant one of those melting streams of tar in the street where a crack has been repaired.  So she could crawl along it and, as she went, drop lumps of obsidian out of her mouth, into it, and they would stick.

On the sidewalk, she chews burnt tortillas, coffee from the place around the corner, and charcoal into ink, as we watch, and then spits.  Above us, in the trees, she blackens her dough with this ink, molds it and binds it and lets it drop.  Down here and up there she establishes a home base, a place to make things.

Palma talks about Curanderas that spit hard liquor at their patient, to heal a physical or spiritual malady.   Of course, she says, spitting in anger or disdain is a universal act.   She says the mouth is a maker, a tool for blessing and cursing.  She says that her tongue is tired from speaking English, so she uses it to draw instead.

This Sunday, Mónica Palma will perform inside the gallery alone.  Please join us on the sidewalk outside to watch.

 

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Mónica Palma was born and raised in Mexico City, she studied visual art at the Universidad Veracruzana in Xalapa, Veracruz.  In 2008 she received her MFA in Painting and Printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.  She has been living and working in Brooklyn since 2008.  Her work has been shown at TSA (NYC), 245 Varet Street (NYC), Ortega y Gasset Projects (NYC), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Kansas City), Soloway Gallery (NYC), Underdonk Gallery (NYC) and Essex Flowers (NYC).

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