On View: March 25-April 22, 2021
“Bodies We Inhabit: Contemporary Perspectives in Ecofeminism,” is a four-week virtual exhibition curated by Jessica Duby, March 25-April 22, presented through Latela Curatorial, on Artsy and Bodiesweinhabit.com. Ecofeminism explores the connection between the oppression of women and the destruction of nature. The exhibition, which will run through Earth Day, probes the interconnections between women and the earth, from the presence of rhythmic cycles to the shared experiences of consumption and exploitation. The show features the work of 11 women artists working across media from Lebanon, New York, Virgina, Maryland, and Washington, DC. Through the works in this exhibition, the artists of “Bodies We Inhabit” call for a relationship to earth and women that is rooted in mutuality and respect, with less extraction and more reciprocity.
Alongside the main virtual exhibition space on Artsy, four central themes will be highlighted, one per week in distinct “viewing rooms,” inviting viewers to go deeper with the work.
LIST OF THEMES / “VIEWING ROOMS”:
- Interbeing (opens March 25, 2021) – In line with the idea that all living beings are mutually a part of one interconnected organism, a view which goes by many names from the science community’s Gaia Hypothesis and Intra-Action to Thich Nhat Hanh’s Buddhist concept of interbeing, Nava Gidanian-Kagan and Rosa Ines Vera’s works dissolve the visual and metaphorical lines between their own bodies and earth bodies.
- Rhythm and Renewal (April 1-7, 2021) – Artists Nina Allen, Schaun Champion, Sara Dittrich, and Jenny Freestone explore ways of harmonizing the patterns of their bodies with the rotations of the earth. From lunar timekeeping to a perennial flower’s cycle from pollination to death, these artists seek divine wisdom in the material world through rhythmic cycles.
- Source Materials (April 8-14, 2021)- Artists Ceci Cole-McInturff, Linda Stein, and Mirella Salame are continuously beckoned to explore earth’s mysteries, lessons, and offerings through its materiality. These artists find in the earth three important co-conspirators—a muse, a mentor, and a patron. Using earth materials from shells, stones, and branches, to feathers and pigments, McInturf, Stein, and Salame’s works are alchemic expressions of their personal practices of being in deep relationship with the earth—giving and receiving in equal measure.
- Critical Condition (April 15-22, 2021) – Artists Noel Kassowitz and Sue Wrubican delve into the devastation that has arrived, and what more will come if our culture continues to let the earth fall prey to predatory capitalism. It is only when the feminine values of love, rest, nurturing, and creativity are seen as equally worthy of respect as masculine values of productivity, action, and achievement that we be able to begin to collectively rise to the task of beginning to reverse the damage that has been done.
Artworks in this exhibition are available for sale. Purchasing art made by women artists supports the gap in pay, auction market, press and exhibition representation of women in the arts.
The full digital exhibition experience, including programming calendar + performances can be found at bodiesweinhabit.com and on Artsy via: artsy.net/show/latela-curatorial-bodies-we-inhabit. Artworks can be purchased online or by contacting Latela Curatorial directly: firstname.lastname@example.org. All media inquiries are encouraged to contact directly.
- April 1: 6pm – Artist Talk on themes “Interbeing, Rhythm, and Renewal,” moderated by Jessica Angima, Cultural Worker and Healing Artist, with artists Nina Allen, Rosa Ines Vera, Jenny Freestone, and Schaun Champion.
- April 14: 12pm – Artist Talk on theme “Source Materials,” moderated by Marta Staudinger, Artist, and Latela Curatorial Founder, Director and Curator, with Mirella Salame, Linda Stein, and Ceci Cole-McInturff.
- April 21: 6pm – Artist Talk and Performance Screenings on theme “Performance and Protection,” moderated by Jessica Duby, curator, with Nina Allen, Noel Kassowitz, Sara Dittrich, and Sue Wrbican.
ABOUT THE CURATOR
Jessica Duby is curator, consultant, and artist focused on cultural activism, especially ecofeminism, ritual as resistance, and institutional intervention, with experience in working in various capacities at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the National Museums of Asian Art. She graduated in May 2020 with a Master’s in Arts Politics from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
NINA Q. ALLEN* – NINA Q. ALLEN IS AN ARTIST (INDIGO EMPATH + STARSEED) WHO USES THE LANGUAGE OF THE OCEAN TO SYMBOLIZE MATRILINEAL HEALING (DIVINATION) ~ AFROFUTURISM. HER WORK USES MOON WATER, SCIENCE, & COLOR TO SYMBOLIZE REBIRTH…ANCESTRAL MAGIC IN TWO-CHANNELED (PHYSICAL EXISTENCE VS. SPIRITUAL PRESENCE) REALMS. *ALL CAPS INTENTIONAL
Schaun Champion – Schaun Champion is an international photographer specializing in natural light portraiture, fine art and cultural documentary work. Inspired by classic films, music and all things vintage she creates intentionally cinematic and honest imagery to explore the drama within the familiar. Her work can be found internationally in both public and private installations.
Ceci Cole-McInturff – Artist Ceci Cole McInturff works in organic ephemera and monochromatic white, using a minimalist aesthetic and often conveying an introspective quality. Founder/owner of the former 87FLORIDA non-profit exhibit and performance space and a member of the Otis Street Arts Project – both in Washington D.C. – she holds an MFA in Art and Visual Technology from George Mason University.
Sara Dittrich – Sara Dittrich is an interdisciplinary sculpture artist who builds introspective experiences that shift perspective from passive seeing to active looking, from passive hearing to active listening. Dittrich’s studio practice is located in Baltimore, Maryland. Her work has been exhibited and performed in numerous venues including the Baltimore Museum of Art; Washington Project for the Arts; and Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts.
Jenny Freestone – In her etchings, photogravures and photopolymer gravures, Jenny Freestone explores the connection between the human condition and the natural world. Particular attention is paid to mankind’s impact upon the environment.
Nava Gidanian-Kagan – Nava Gidanian-Kagan is an Iranian-Israeli artist based in NYC. Our connection to the divine/nature and to each other is the heart of her work. She exhibited both nationally & internationally and received numerous awards including The Terra Foundation for American Art, The Elisabeth Greenshields Foundation, Eileen S.Kaminsky Foundation Award and featured in New American Painting Magazine.
Rosa Ines Vera – Peruvian-American artist Rosa Vera’s work focuses mainly on abstracted female figures painted expressively in acrylics and fabric and paper collage. In addition, she paints landscapes. She is interested in humans’ interaction with their natural surroundings.
Noel Kassowitz – “How does an artist prepare for climate change?” Understanding art’s cultural value but non-essential nature in disaster scenarios, Noel Kassewitz recognized the need to expand her work’s utility. She creates painting hybrids that exist as aesthetic objects and conversation starters in times of stability and function as flotation devices in potentially flooded future-scapes.
Mirella Salamé – Mirella Salamé aka ella is a Lebanese multi-disciplinary self-sufficient artist, and a self-taught painter. Her practice includes (but is not limited to) performance art, installation art, writing, public interferences, and painting; working with left-overs and natural findings, she uses reclaimed & off-the-grid material such as earth pigments, found wood or recycled paper, seeds, plants, and her own body, together with reclaimed immaterial such as movement, memory, herstory and dreams.
Linda Stein – Linda Stein is an intersectional Jewish, feminist, LGBTQ artist, activist, educator, and writer, who has been making art for five decades. Her work is in the collections of Gloria Steinem, Elizabeth Sackler, the Leslie Lohman Museum of Art, and many others.
Sue Wrbican – Sue Wrbican is an artist interested in intersections of the environment, economics, labor and surrealism. Recent projects are extensive artistic explorations into the work of Surrealist Kay Sage resulting in towering sculptures inspired by Sage’s paintings. These works include Buoyant Force in Reston Town Center in Reston, VA and The Eventual Outcome of an Instant on the grounds of the Seligmann Center in Sugar Loaf, NY.
ABOUT LATELA CURATORIAL
Latela Curatorial is a full service art advisory firm and curatorial office based in Washington DC, specializing in mid-emerging women artists. LC provides contract curatorial services for a variety of organizations. Founded in 2014. In 2015, Latela Curatorial opened as a curatorial office/gallery in Brookland, which has been voted Best Commercial Art Gallery in Washington DC for four years consecutively since its opening. In 2019, LC was highlighted as one of the “5 Art Destinations Changing DC’s Creative Scene”. Passionate about supporting the arts ecosystem in the nation’s capital, LC excels in working with art collectors as well as architects/developers in an ever-gentrifying area and underrepresented art market to augment the area’s artistic currents and talents.