Mariana Valencia


April 18-27, 2019
Thursdays – Saturdays at 8pm

Bouquet examines authorship by questioning what gets carried into Valencia’s work through the modes of proximity, relation and alliance. This process seeks to manipulate perceptions of life and its collaborators. Bouquet is sourced from various popular and cultural alliances and this particular ensemble of sources builds a choral surround of references. Valencia’s trajectory is not solely bound to her cultural history, but rather an algorithm  of body, object and language  that creates a collective shout. The performance is similar to a vernacular exchange between the performer and the audience that encourages the responder to craft a field of meaning. The work proposes a lens for observation that positions our personal and cultural attachment to objects and subjects, and why (or, if?) we choose to live among them. In Bouquet, Valencia invites the audience to traverse a dense field of collective reference.

photo © Ian Douglas

Created and performed by Mariana Valencia in collaboration with Lydia Okrent. Sound Design: Jules Gimbrone. Photo credit: Ian Douglas.