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Film | painting | interactive art installation | stage adaptation
Markme is a multidisciplinary project exploring the concepts of freedom, acceptance, and belonging as it relates to the Latina Identity within a Contemporary Flamenco setting. The work exemplifies a process of reawakening of the Latinx roots through an interdisciplinary choreographic process. Expanding upon the possibilities of the intersection of art and performance the work’s environment evolves through the active transformation of an immersive art installation, generating meaning and consolidating form through performance. Furthermore, the transformation of this artwork is driven by a process of restoration of a relationship to Flamenco that is inclusive of our unique perspective as Latinas in exile. Acknowledging the reference of Venezuelan master artists like Soto and Cruz-Diez whose work has set a precedent for the Artistic legacy of our people and understanding the value that these works have instilled in our migrant communities of Venezuelans across the world; Markme has taken on a contemporary revival approach to the interpretation of Venezuelan Art to encapsulate an emergent legacy that has been forced to exile. The materials and design of the installation were inspired by Venezuelan artisan techniques and traditional artisan elements of Flamenco Dance, creating an opportunity to reconnect to the materials from a primitive state, while presenting an innovative way to interpret Tradition. The project ultimately promotes a discourse that situates Venezuelan artists in exile as contributors to a legacy that has been forever displaced, physically, and psychologically; while simultaneously bringing attention to concepts like freedom, acceptance, and belonging as it pertains to Latinas in the context of Flamenco Art.
this project was partially funded by the 2021 Cultura Power Grant Program, MACLA, San Jose, CA. The film Premiered officially in the Bay Area June 3, 2022 in the context of Macla's gallery exhibition "On Traditions and Repetition" June 3 - August 14, 2022. exhibit that housed the entire Markme project, consisted of an immersive installation, creative process documentation in the form of paintings, and the film.
The stage adaptation of the film was later premiered at Journey Downtown theater in Vacaville, CA February 4, 2023. with the support of the Ca$h Dance Award by Dancer's Group, and the Cultural Growth Fund Award by On Stage Vacaville.
This project was not only awarded by the multiple grants and recognitions listed above, it was additionally awarded by international film festivals all over the world. Some of the major awards include, Best First Time Director by Vesuvius International Film Festival in Campadia, Italy; Honorable Mention at the London International Film Festival, Best Experimental short at Ag&Art Film Festival, Semi-Finalist for best women empowerment short at the Paris International Short Festival, semifinalist for best experimental short at the Berlin Shorts Awards, among others.Artistic Credits: