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Bronx River Art Center

1087 East Tremont Avenue

Bronx, NY 10460

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The Syncope

On View from September 14, 2019 – October 19, 2019

BRAC Fall gallery series begins September 14, 2019

Opening Reception Saturday, September 14th 6-9PM

The Syncope

curated by Kathie Halfin


Yali Romagoza-Cuba/Queens,

Jean Carla Rodea-Mexico/Brooklyn,

Pei-Ling Ho-Taiwan/Queens

Carlos Wilfredo-Puerto Rico/Bronx,

Katya Grokhovsky-Ukraine/Brooklyn,

Jacqueline Bishop-Jamaica/New York,

Aneta Wegrzyn-Poland/Brooklyn,

Lionel Cruet-Puerto Rico/Bronx,

Gavin Tao-Scotland/Brooklyn,

Graciela Cassel-Argentina/Queens

Emma Yi-China/Queens

Each person’s life is dominated by a central event, which shapes and distorts everything that comes after it and, in retrospect, everything that came before. Svetlana Boym, the acclaimed critic takes Nabokov’s word Syncope to describe immigration in “Speak, Memory”.

The word means a change of rhythm in music or a brief loss of consciousness in life. It is the gap between lives. This show chooses to focus on immigrants/migrants experience of time and place that is experienced as a break or the Syncope as Nabokov puts it.

Evidently, this zone of discontinuity is unsettling. The “gap in between lives” sets a challenge for the immigrants as they are compelled to find a new sense of belonging and preserve personal identity which often times is conflicting. For some Syncope represents resistance to the oppressive stereotypes of the dominant culture and the need to find a safe space in the new surroundings. For others, it is an emptiness caused by disintegration from their cultural environment.

In the show, artists reflect on and propose ways to address the Syncope. From the storytelling to activism, from gestures of solidarity to idiosyncratic personal experiences, artists suggest the interpretations of the Syncope and ways to live with it.

Show runs from September 14th through October 19th.

Opening Reception September 14, 6-9 PM

Associated Workshops/Performance:

September 18th, 4-6 pm

Katya Grokhovsky Presents: Performance in the Everyday

A performance art workshop, by artist, curator, organizer and educator Katya Grokhovsky, in which the everyday daily actions are highlighted and explored as potential material for constructing live performances.

Performance in the Everyday is a hands on group workshop, in which participants explore and mine their everyday routines for potential raw material, in order to develop multidisciplinary

works of performance art. Mundane gestures are isolated, repeated and workshopped in combination with found objects, movement, voice, sound, body and visual elements as well as peer collaboration in order to investigate the various possibilities of a live medium.

September 28th, 4-6pm

Yali Romagoza Presents: Who I am in this society?-Crafting Alter-Egos

Inspired by her experience as an immigrant artist Yali Romagoza’s created her alter-ego “Cuquita the Cuban Doll, responding to displacement, isolation, and self-alienation. Participants in the workshop are invited to transform into an alternate version of themselves and play different roles in today's contemporary society using fabric, yarn, magazine clippings, and embellishments.

October 12th, 4-6pm

Aneta Wegrzyn Presents: Home

The watercolor workshop will explore the theme of belonging and home from current socio-political situation, our culture and geographical roots. Participants will paint and draw on hand-made by artist plaster tiles, similar to what I use in my work. After a short discussion what is the personal meaning of home to each of us - a physical space, mental space, certain objects, people etc., we will briefly learn how to use watercolor and create our final piece on an individual tail.

Watercolor bleeding into plaster make the participants to give up a lot of control and adjust to the unpredictable material. The process of painting on a plaster, similar to the immigrant situation, requires letting go of control, being open to the new/unknown, constantly adjusting and at the same time keeping our identity and expressing ourselves freely. The workshop will be a personal journey of self-discovery within creative and safe and supportive community.

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