***From The Noyes Art Gallery Press Release***
Our next exhibit March 25 to May 18, 2022:
Artist Yanira Collado presents
Areito: Allusions of Sacred Geometry and Diaspora
Areíto an Arawak ceremonial practice involving lyrics and choreography that was believed to recount and pay tribute to heroic deeds of Taíno ancestors, chiefs, gods, and Cemis.
This installation is an analysis into the emergence and diaspora of the cultural practices, spirituality, and folkloric traditions in the Caribbean. The exhibition will focus specifically on the island of Quisqueya (Haiti and the Dominican Republic). Visual Elements in the exhibit derive from the many cultures that have come to inhabit the island. The Arawak, Taino nations of the Caribbean, enslaved peoples from North and west Africa and the Congo, Lebanese, Palestinians and Syrian immigrants, North African/Moorish culture by means of the colonizing Spaniards and French. Highlighting an infinite constellation of historical narratives, Intersections and identity embedded in the architecture and textiles of these civilizations.
Collado is a Miami based conceptual artist who lived and worked in Evanston for a time. She is interested in concepts that allude to the restoration of things once muted due to the paradoxes in time. These perceptions are summoned through materials with inherent geographic histories, processes, and economies that imply varying degrees of personalized and public memory. My work attempts to assemble a visual language that reconciles the process in which the history of this information is recorded, stored, and retrieved
Opening exhibition March 25th 4 to 7pm
This project was supported, in part, by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant