October 25 - November 16, 2008
Opening Reception: Saturday, October 25, 2008, 6PM - 8PM
MediaNoche, Manhattan's Uptown gallery devoted to new media, presents Voiceover, a site-specific public intervention by Nayda Collazo-Llorens.
A constant flow of text moving across the storefront windows of MediaNoche engages the public to explore aspects of memory, language and displacement. Viewable at night from the street, nearby buildings and passing trains on the overpass, Voiceover is a non-linear textual piece projected onto the windows of the gallery, located at the Northeast corner of Park Avenue and 102nd Street.
A lyrical, textual composition, Voiceover is based on Collazo-Llorens' research of the archives and oral histories section of PRdream.com, a web site on the history, culture and politics of Puerto Rico and its diaspora. Fragments from these oral histories are combined with texts from public spaces, literature, the media, as well as the artist's own writings.
The projected words become transmitted signals, simultaneously truncated and expanded, pointing to multiple narrators while triggering viewers to connect to their own experience. The ephemeral quality of the projected light and the fleeting texts suggests the fragility and transient nature of memory and story telling.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Nayda Collazo-Llorens, born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, is a visual artist based in both New York City and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She received an MFA from New York University in 2002 and a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art, Boston in 1990. Recent individual exhibitions include: Route/Journal at LMAKprojects in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, 2007; Navigable Zones at Project 4, Washington DC, 2007; Mindscapes at Space Other, Boston, 2006; Roaming, CSV Cultural Center, NYC, 2006; and Configuraciones, Galeria Raices, San Juan, PR, 2005. Notable group shows include the IX International Cuenca Biennial in Ecuador, 2007; 12th International Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland, 2007; None of the Above: Contemporary Works by Puerto Rican Artists, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, 2004, and Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico, San Juan, PR, 2005; and Here & There: Six Artists from San Juan, at El Museo del Barrio, NY, 2001 and Blaffer Gallery, University of Houston, TX, 2002. She was an Artist in Residence at Location One, New York, NY, 2004-05, and a 2006 Grant recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art Net, Art US, Art Nexus, Art News and NY Arts, among others.
Nayda Collazo-Llorens appears courtesy of LMAKprojects, New York.
*Please note: There will be a tribute to Edgardo Vega Yunque who recently passed away in his home in Brooklyn, New York. The homage will take the form of a continuous, non-stop reading of The Lamentable Journey of Omaha Bigelow into the Impenetrable Loisaida Jungle, one of the most recent of the accomplished author's 18 novels.
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