Work > sweat/tears/sea

text installation by miatta kawinzi
Vinyl Text Installation on Window
80.25 x 69 in.
2017
text installation by miatta kawinzi
Vinyl Text Installation on Window
80.25 x 69 in.
2017
Assembly
Vinyl Text Installation on Window
80.25 x 69 in.
2017
video still by miatta kawinzi
Video Still
16:9
2017
video installation by miatta kawinzi
Sound & Video Installation, Hammock, Stools
Dimensions Variable
2017
video installation by miatta kawinzi
Sound & Video Installation, Hammock, Stools
Dimensions Variable
2017
video installation by miatta kawinzi
Sound & Video Installation, Hammock, Stools
Dimensions Variable
2017
video still by miatta kawinzi
Video Still
16:9
2017
video still by miatta kawinzi
Video Still
16:9
2017
video still by miatta kawinzi
Video Still
16:9
2017
video still by miatta kawinzi
Video Still
16:9
2017
sweat/tears/sea
Video Still
16:9
2017
sweat/tears/sea (excerpt)
HD Color Video, Sound
16:9; 01:54 min. excerpt of 06:14 min.
2017

sweat/tears/sea is an audio-visual installation and meditation on alternative temporalities of feeling, experience, and linguistic unfolding. Here movement (bodily, textual & spatial) becomes a way of thinking through questions of positionality regarding the self and environment. It was sparked by my participation in the Seminario Itinerante in the summer of 2016, an experimental group seminar organized by Beatriz Santiago Muñoz, Anahita Hekmat, and Michelle Nonó through Beta-Local (San Juan, PR), and the experience of walking down the western coast of Puerto Rico & living outside immersed in its elements for a stretch of time. I seek to acknowledge the contradictions present in this contested landscape; the co-existence of beauty and disenfranchisement, of abundance and glaring lack. Tapping into the rhythm of dreaming and growth despite difficulty, this piece extends the resonance of these concepts to other internal and external landscapes.

The development of this work was also supported through my artist residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in the fall of 2016, and an invitation from Amy Halliday and Jocelyn Edens to exhibit new work in Of Soil & Tongues (1 June - 1 October, 2017) at the Hampshire College Art Gallery in Amherst, MA.

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