an experiential installation
lutxa is an immersive, socially-engaged, participatory, multimedia performance that seeks to reconnect with one's self, and create a healthy cycle of interconnectedness, to understand our own self and our effect on our environment/others. It is an experimental practice tempting enlightenment and diminishing unnecessary suffering by recognizing (self-awareness) and fighting (lucha=lutxa) our reactive desires.
Concept by Arantxa Araujo
Performance by Arantxa Araujo
Video by Arantxa Araujo in collaboration with Wei Chao, Daniel Foley and Mariana Uribe
Music by Carina Lopez
On the 28th:
*In addition to Lopez's composition, performance will be accompanied by Jacob Cohen playing cello.
**There will be an opeining act by Marcos de la Fuente.
Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican artist with a background in neuroscience. Her work is essentially multidisciplinary, feminist, and rooted in bio-behavioral research. Explorations of gender constructions, performativity and identity, and the politics of migration are seen and experienced in her installations, which often include video, sound, photography, mapping, light, and performance. Her work has been shown in the Brooklyn Museum, at the Radical Women Latin American Art Exhibit, Chashama Space to Present, Grace Exhibition Space, Glasshouse Gallery, The Queens Museum, Panoply Lab, Art in Odd Places in NYC; RAW during Miami Art Week; the Semel and Huret & Spector Gallery in Boston, and the SPACE Gallery and Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh; in Mexico, at El Monumento a la Revolución and La Explanada del MUAC, during the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro and El Vicio; also participated in the Nuit Blanche Festival in Saskatoon, Canada.
Araujo is a Franklin Furnace Fund for performance art award recipient (2020/1019) BAC grantee (2020), an LMCC (2019) grantee and has received support through numerous residencies and fellowships including Leslie-Lohman Museum Artist Fellowship (2019-2020), Creative Capital taller (2018), ITP Camp (2018, 2019) and EMERGENYC (2017). Araujo was awarded a full scholarship from Mexican Government Institution CONACYT (2012). She holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BA in Theater Studies from Emerson College.
Wei Chao is a New York based multimedia artist. Wei holds a Masters Degree in Professional Studies degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunication Program and received the Artist of Future award at graduation. He has worked as a creative technologist for education research labs, advertising agencies, artist studios, galleries and museums. In his photography work, he focuses on the human condition and on unique landscapes that capture something perplexing in today's world.
lutxa was made possible, in part, by the Franklin Furnace Fund supported by Jerome Foundation, The SHS Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and sponsored, in part, by the Greater New York Arts Development Fund of the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).