ALEXANDRA GELIS Expone “Weeds/ Mala Hierba” en Bavia Arts Gallery, Toronto. Abril 4 al 28 de 2014.

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Weeds / Mala Hierba

by Alexandra Gelis.

Weeds, is an immersive sculptural surround sound space, which deals with the use of seeds to prepare the ground for the foundation of free towns in the Atlantic coast of Colombia in the seventeenth century. The installation makes a specific reference to the town of San Basilio de Palenque, known as the first free settlement created by runaway slaves in colonial times, who carried medicinal and edible seeds of plants enmeshed in their hair to the freed territories. San Basilio has been proclaimed it as Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

The sound in Weeds recreates a “tunnel of sounds” used in Lumbalú, a collective funeral ritual where the community performs chants, dance, and play games around a circle, along with musical expressions such as the Bullerengue Sentado, Son Palenquero or Son de Negro, and Rondas. The chants and sound for this Lumbalú were recorded at San Basilio de Palenque, in the funeral of Evaristo Marquez, a very well known actor who worked with Marlon Brando in Quemada.

Hair Braiding Design: Keli Safia Maksud, Programming and sound design: Hector Centeno. At Bavia Arts Gallery presented by#alucineto, sponsored by Bavia Arts and co-presented by Lumianto Festival and Living Well Magazine. Curated by Sinara Rozo and MariuXi Zambrano. 

APRIL 4 – 28, 2014
Bavia Arts Gallery
898b St. Clair Ave. West. 2nd Floor. Toronto

Gallery Hours: April 4 – 28, Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 18:00pm

All exhibition closed during long weekend: 18, 19, 20 of April