Past Gertrude's Artist Salons
Silvi Naçi with Jimena Bermejo | June 22, 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Jimena Bermejo, Mojada, 2008
Jimena Bermejo, Mojada, 2008

STAND UP: Women* You Should Know
Salon conversation hosted by Silvi Naçi with Jimena Bermejo

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 6:30–8 pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA South End Campus
Free and Open to the Public

STAND UP: Women* You Should Know is Silvi Naçi’s interview and lecture series program where women* of various marginalized cultures come together to share conversations about artistic processes, education, community, and contemporary art practices.

We conclude the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with Silvi Naçi in conversation with Jimena Bermejo. We will be exploring the interdependent themes of belonging, immigration, borders and human relationships in regards to dance and performance art. With a background in dance and theater, Bermejo’s practice centers on creating intimate relationships with audience members by inviting them to be more physically engaged in her work.

“My artistic practice includes deep conversations on identity, race, power, boundaries and human physicality and behavior. Memories and music inspire my work. The movement is developed from a foundation of broad ideas leading to accepting and exploring themes and intersections.”—Bermejo

Jimena Bermejo is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on movement and performance. She sees her body as a tool to create a dynamic and intimate relationship with an audience. She elicits a combination of physical and emotional engagement in pieces woven from memories, music, social issues and human relationships. Recently, Jimena has shown her work at Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also shown at the ArtBeat and SomDance Festivals in Somerville. Jimena is currently a member of Mobius Artists Group and Caitlin Corbett Dance She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and currently, she is faculty at Berklee College of Music, The College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Boston Arts Academy and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

To learn more about Jimena’s work, please visit: www.jimenabermejo.com

About Silvi Naçi
Naçi’s work investigates identity, family dynamics, cultural identity, sex, class and the consequences of patriarchal power. Naçi, who was born and raised in Albania (a former communist country), engages in the dialectic between the aesthetically beautiful and historical genealogy as well as identity and socio-political structures. Her work is deeply rooted in feminist ideas, family structures and historical and contemporary social constructs. Naçi works with performance, photography, video, drawing and found historical imagery.

Women*: We welcome anyone who identifies as cisgender, genderqueer, trans women, femmes, & non-binary people.

 
Silvi Naçi with Furen Dai | March 9, 2017 PDF Print E-mail

Image- Furen Dai, Language Product, 2016, 16 x 20 inches
Image: Furen Dai, Language Product, 2016, 16 x 20 inches

STAND UP: Women* You Should Know
Salon conversation hosted by Silvi Naçi with Furen Dai

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 6:30–8 pm
Mills Gallery at BCA
Free and Open to the Public

We continue the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with a conversation on the topic STAND UP: Women* You Should Know hosted by Silvi Naçi in conversation with video performance artist, sculptor and linguist Furen Dai. In this conversation we will be exploring the interdependent themes of language and cultural politics and class, in regards to economic conditions and performance art. With a background in linguistic study, and working as interpreter for several years in China, Dai’s practice centers on language and the culture built through it, reflecting on various forms of interpretation. In her previous work as interpreter, Dai was often in a position between two cultures attempting to examine where these two cultures met, overlap and where they differentiate. However, in her artistic practice, her voice as artist, as individual comes through in the interpretation of image making and documentation of both traditional and contemporary cultures in China, and ultimately giving voice to the women in the cultures she emphasizes in her work.

Furen Dai is a multimedia artists based in Boston, Massachusetts, working mostly in video, performance, sculptural installation as well as painting. Dai has presented exhibitions nationally and to a wide range of audience internationally in Italy, Argentina, Russia, China, Vietnam, Spain and more. She holds a Masters in Fine Art from The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (Boston, Massachusetts) and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art, a Graduate Diploma in Entrepreneurial Management from Boston University School of Management (Boston, Massachusetts), and a Bachelor of Russian from Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, China). Forthcoming, Dai is part of the Listhús residency program in Iceland, along with presenting her work in numerous group exhibitions. She is currently a Graduate Teaching Fellow at School of The Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University.

To learn more about Furen’s work, please visit furendai.squarespace.com.

About Silvi Naçi
Naçi’s work investigates identity, family dynamics, cultural identity, sex, class and the consequences of patriarchal power. Naçi, who was born and raised in Albania (a former communist country), engages in the dialectic between the aesthetically beautiful and historical genealogy as well as identity and socio-political structures. Her work is deeply rooted in feminist ideas, family structures and historical and contemporary social constructs. Naçi works with performance, photography, video, drawing and found historical imagery.

 
Silvi Naçi with Dell M. Hamilton | December 8, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

STAND UP: Women You Should Know
Salon conversation hosted by Silvi Naçi with Dell M. Hamilton

Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 6:30–8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

Dell M. Hamilton, 'Reina #6'
Dell M. Hamilton, Reina #6, from the series Fallen Angels: Making Sense out of Nothing

We’re kicking off the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with a conversation on the topic “STAND UP: Women You Should Know” hosted by Silvi Naçi in conversation with interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator Dell M. Hamilton. We need YOU to add your voice to a wide-ranging evening discussing interdependent themes of photography, performance and persona in relationship to identity, class and gender roles in contemporary art.

The artist lounge and lab at the Mills is the site of informal, artist-generated/artist-hosted conversations. Join us for idle conversation, heated exchange and the sporadic, sometimes-thematic exploration of ideas that grow out of and into art.

About Silvi Naçi: Naçi’s work investigates identity, family dynamics, cultural identity, sex, class and the consequences of patriarchal power. Naçi, who was born and raised in Albania (a former communist country), engages in the dialectic between the aesthetically beautiful and historical genealogy as well as identity and socio-political structures. Her work is deeply rooted in feminist ideas, family structures and historical and contemporary social constructs. Naçi works with photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, found historical imagery, collage, video and performance.

About Dell M. Hamilton: Hamilton’s work draws not only on the historical conventions of photography and performance art, but also on the history of black theater, the written and oral traditions of black and Latina women writers and the contradiction and exuberance of drag performance. Her latest series, Fallen Angels: Making Sense Out of Nothing, investigates the relationship between persona, performance and photography through the conflation of characters inspired by Central American folklore, personal memory and family history.

Dell’s artist talks, solo performances, scholarly lectures, and collaborative performances have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in Boston and New York as well as in France, Italy and Chile. Born in Spanish Harlem (New York City), and with ancestral roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, her practice wrestles with the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, race, language and history through the mediums of photography, video, drawing, installation and performance.

To learn more about Dell’s work, please visit www.dellmhamilton.com or follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @dellmhamilton

 
Nancy Hart | June 2, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Thursday, June 2: A Deep Read | The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post Fordism by Pascal Gielen

Salon conversation hosted by Nancy Hart

Thursday, June 2 2016 | 6:30-8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

Nancy Hart, Vert, 2015
Image: Nancy Hart, Vert, 2015, installation detail, green plastic bags

Join us on June 2 for a salon conversation led by Nancy Hart, based on close reading of an essay from The Murmuring of the Artistic Multitude: Global Art, Memory and Post Fordism, by Pascal Gielen (Antennae // Valiz, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2010).

Together in a dialog with others, we will explore various intersections that claim engagement in our current artistic practices. In a slow read of the chosen “text”, written from critical motivation, this open session will not be preconceived but will be defined by the parameters of the participants.

The goal of this shared public reading in a “relational aesthetic” situation, a term coined by Nicolas Bourriaud in his 1998 book to refer to artistic practices that extend into a realm that includes the whole of human relations and their social context, is to see what it might reveal about what we do [as creative makers] that is an engagement with a neo-liberal market economy.

About our host: Nancy Hart is a recent graduate from the Art Institute of Boston’s MFA Low Residency program, the last class before its demise. The dismantling of the 100 year old historical institution has informed her critical view of art discourse and the situational platform of its professional reverberations.

Hart has a BFA from Tufts/The School of the Museum of Fine Arts and MFA from AIB. Originally a self taught a painter, she now illuminates and charts her current interests and explorations in ephemeral sculptural installation. As an avid reader and font of ideas, she claims “The Studio Mind”, her MFA thesis as her methodological pathway. She has a natural inclination to absorb, connect and hybridize myriad cultural productions such as painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, film, fashion, print matter and food.

 
James Montford | May 5, 2016 PDF Print E-mail

Microaggressions, art and you

Salon conversation hosted by James Montford

Thursday, May 5, 2016 | 6:30-8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

James Montford, Black Indian performance

Adrian Piper, My Calling (Card) #1 (detail), 1986

Microagression: a subtle but offensive comment or action directed at a minority or other nondominant group that is often unintentional or unconsciously reinforces a stereotype: microaggressions such as "I don't see you as black."

Join us on May 5 when artist James Montford hosts a Gertrude's conversation to explore the methodologies around navigating an art community that supports a patronage of sometimes inclusion. We will examine institutional structures that should speak more clearly about these matters, talk about how artist/citizens can impact art, race and activism, and discuss taking action to challenge racial biases in art history and broader cultural canons today.

images: above, James Montford, Black Indian performance; below, Adrian Piper, My Calling (Card) #1 (detail), 1986

 
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