Tonight (Friday, April 3): Monika Bravo in conversation with Carla Stellweg at Y Gallery

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Tonight at 7 pm, Y Gallery New York will host a conversation between artist Monika Bravo and Carla Stellweg (who also presented a VCS-sponsored talk with artist-curator Pablo León de la Barra last September). Tonight’s talk is the closing event for artist Bravo’s solo exhibition Landscape of Belief.

The following information about Stellweg, Bravo, and Landscape of Belief is quoted from Y Gallery’s press announcement for tonight’s event; for additional information, see the Facebook pages for the exhibition and tonight’s closing event.


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MONIKA BRAVO in conversation with CARLA STELLWEG

Closing event for the exhibition LANDSCAPE OF BELIEF by Monika Bravo.

FRIDAY, April 3rd, 7 pm

Carla Stellweg is a Latin-Americanist who has worked as a museum and non-profit director, writer and editor, curator and professor. Ms. Stellweg is considered a pioneer promoter and facilitator in the Latin American international contemporary art field. She was and continues to be instrumental in introducing many young and mid-career artists from Latin America, Latino-U.S., Cuba and the Caribbean producing conceptual, socially-engaged art in both new and traditional media, either working in NY or from around the world. She was the founder and editor of the first bilingual quarterly avant-garde Contemporary Art Journal in Mexico, Artes Visuales. Ever since her move to New York in 1982, Stellweg established herself as a prime point of contact for all related to Latin American art. She is currently a professor in the Department of Visual Critical Studies and Art History at the School of Visual Arts, NY and she also acts as occasional visiting professor for the Estudios de Posgrado of the UNAM (Nat’l Autonomous University Mexico City – Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas & Facultad de Filosofía y Letras) as well as a lecturer at the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Monika Bravo is a multi-disciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. In 1994, she relocated to New York to pursue a career in the Arts. Invited to participate in the 56th Venice Biennale, she will be representing the Vatican City-State, at the Pavilion of the Holy See. In 2015, she will be showing “URUMU” at the Centro Conde Duque in Madrid, Spain. Her work has been shown at Sternesen Museum, Oslo; Museo de Arte, Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia; Borusan Contemporary, Istanbul; Seoul International Biennial of New Media Art; SITE Santa Fe; Centro de Arte Contemporaneo Caja CAB de Burgos, Spain; El Museo del Barrio and New Museum in New York. Her videos have been screened at the MOMA, Anthology Film Archives, Brooklyn Museum, New Museum, the Kitchen, Museo di Arte Contemporaneo di Roma, the New York Video Festival at the Lincoln Center and the Americas Society, LA MOCA, Tate Britain, and Museo Reina Sofia.

March 6th – April 4th 2015
Opening Reception: FRIDAY, March 6th from 6pm to 9pm

We are pleased to present Landscape of Belief, the first solo exhibition of Monika Bravo at Y Gallery. Landscape of Belief is a series of five installation works that call into question how we construct our lives according to our belief systems. The viewer experiences each sculpture as animations composed of text projected and floating diaphanously in glass panels. These texts that generate skylines of real and imaginary landscapes were culled from descriptions of illusory cities and from conversations between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan in Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities. In Landscape of Belief, Bravo creates a parallel between literature and architecture, as they both define, translate, and shape physical and mind structures.

By carefully overlapping surfaces, a rich non-material space of emptiness is achieved throughout the time-based composition. As a whole, the installation presents nothingness as an object, thus allowing for the space of the metaphysical to challenge the viewer. As the viewers are immersed in the projection, they are given the opportunity to experience the prospect of awareness, of the power of their belief systems and how they define the landscape of their lives. The installation took three years to make and addresses two important issues in the trajectory of Bravo’s work, such as the shifting definition of the medium and the physical manifestation of the piece. Bravo employs a variety of mediums such as archival pigment on cotton rag and film, glass, and aluminum. The process began with finding the images in Google and then recomposing each city’s skyline by meticulously outlining and tracing their architectural components with Calvino’s text. No documentation will ever be able to transmit the feeling of the texts floating on the surface of the materials, or the possibility of viewing the sculpture from both sides. What is imperative for Landscape of Belief is the necessity for it to be experienced.

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