MALA HIERBA / WEEDS
Programming and Sound Design by Hector Centeno
Hair Braiding Design by Keli Maksud
Artist Talk: Saturday, April 26, 6:30-8:30pm
Bavia Arts Gallery
898b St. Clair West Ave- Main Floor
Weeds, is an immersive sculptural sound space with video and electronic components that deal with the use of plants for medicinal purposes and funeral rituals in the town of San Basilio de Palenque, Colombia. This town is known as the first free settlement created by runaway slaves in colonial times and has been designated as a World Heritage Site.
Colombian-Venezuelan artist based in Toronto. Gelis is a PhD candidate in Environmental Studies and holds a MFA from York University. Her studio practice combines new media, installation, and photography with custom built interactive electronics. Her projects incorporate personal field research as a tool to investigate the ecologies of various landscapes through examining the traces left by various socio-political interventions. She uses data capture techniques, video, sound, and spatial and electronic media to create documentary based immersive installations; single channel videos, and experimental photography. She has exhibited internationally in North and South America. She leads art workshops for marginalized communities in Canada, Colombia and Panama.