Center for Performance Research, April 9, 2022, Photographer: Meicen Meng
Presented by Center for Performance Research as part of its Sunday Salon series, Trenzadas is an immersive memory-scape that depicts the connection between geographical spaces, the body, and identity. Created and curated in collaboration with Doménica García, this two-day exhibition incorporates soft sculpture, video, audio, photography, and performance, immersing the audience in a surreal space, inviting self-reflection. Through the use of nostalgic imagery, hair, soil, and movement, Trenzadas explores the deep connection between the land and the body as well as the ways in which identities can intertwine through memory.
The installation created for CPR’s Storefront Gallery comprised of 250 feet of woven hair and 400 lbs of soil. On the opening night, Damken and Garcia activated the installation with a 3-hour durational performance. Presented alongside the live performance installation was a large-scale 3-channel video projection in CPR’s performance space which incorporates archival and original landscape footage and audio from the artists’ motherlands: México and Ecuador.
3-Channel Video Projection, Center for Performance Research, April 9, 2022, Photographer: Meicen Meng
Dresses worn during opening performance displayed after the opening.