Mujer Artista: Speaking in Tongues
Carolina Araneda | Cecilia Araneda | Francesca Carella | Alexandra Garrido | Monica Martinez | Mariana Muñoz | Praba Pilar | Camila Schujman | Ilse Torres
January 13 – February 3, 2017
7 pm, Friday January 13 – Opening / Performances
(performances from 8 pm to 9 pm)
2:30 pm, Saturday January 28 – Performances / Artist Talk
Image: Alexandra Garrido – studio – untitled. Performances Fri Jan 13 and Sat Jan 28. https://mujerartista.ca/artist/alexandra-garrido/
Over two years ago, after a series of conversations between Cecilia Araneda (filmmaker and curator), Praba Pilar (interdisciplinary artist) and Monica Martinez (visual artist), we came up with the idea of participating in an artistic process from the starting point of collective dialogue.
We named this process Mujer Artista.
From our core group of three, Mujer Artista gradually expanded to involve more artists, including dancers Alexandra Garrido, Camila Schujman and Ilse Torres; visual artists Carolina Araneda and Francesca Carella; and interdisciplinary artist Mariana Muñoz.
We are Latin women artists traversing a canon populated by men. We work without privilege. We carry the weight of our cultural histories, that are often brutal and tragic, and burdened with paradoxes. We are visibly different. We are identified as the ‘other.’ We are never quite made to feel at home.
We speak in tongues as we reflect on the contradictions and uneasy mixings which present an underlying quality that finds no easy comfort; our work is extremely personal and it is also the product of complex toil. Ultimately, as you enter into the space you will know each and every one of us artists more personally as people as we speak to you collectively in a manner that may be unexpected.
We acknowledge the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts in facilitating the creation of Mujer Artista.
We also acknowledge the support and solidarity of aceart and MAWA: Mentoring Artists for Women’s Art.