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Soil Sessions

Earth Sounds with Koyoltzintli

Saturday, July 13, 2024, 2:30 pm, Dia Chelsea

Event details
Saturday, July 13, 2024
2:30 pm

Dia Chelsea
537 West 22nd Street
New York, New York

Free. Spaces are limited; register here.

An artist, healer, and educator drawing on ancestral forms of knowledge, Koyoltzintli presents a sound performance where she creates and activates soil-made reconstructions of ancient instruments, reanimating their hidden language and sound. The resulting composition, evoking the sounds of birds, trees, or the Andean landscape, is an offering and a farewell to Morelos’s exhibition at Dia Chelsea.

Jessica Maffia will join Koyoltzintli as a special guest.

Koyoltzintli grew up on the Pacific coast and Andean mountains of Ecuador, geographies that permeate her work. In her practice, Koyoltzintli focuses on sound, ancestral technologies, ritual, and storytelling through collaborative processes and personal narratives. Her work has been exhibited at Aperture Foundation, New York; National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York; United Nations, New York; Paris Photo; and Princeton University, New Jersey. She has had solo shows at Miyako Yoshinaga in 2021 and Leila Greiche in 2023, both in New York. She has taught at California Institute of the Arts in Santa Clarita, as well as in the City University of New York, International Center of Photography, and School of Visual Arts in New York. Koyoltzintli was nominated for the Prix Pictet in 2019 and has received multiple awards and fellowships including those from the musée du quai Branly, Paris; New York Foundation for the Arts; and most recently, the Latinx Artist Fellowship by the US Latinx Art Forum. Her first monograph, Other Stories, was published in 2017. In 2020, her work was featured in “Native America: In Translation,” a special issue of Aperture magazine, and included in the book Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History by Elizabeth Ferrer, formerly a chief curator at BRIC. Koyoltzintli has performed at various institutions, among them the Brooklyn Museum; Queens Museum; Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens; Wave Hill, Bronx; and Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Koyoltzintli lives in New York.

About the program series

In conjunction with Delcy Morelos: El abrazo, Dia presents Soil Sessions, an iterative series of interdisciplinary activations, poetic responses to, discursive reflections on, and embodied engagements with earth as subject and material in Morelos’s work. These public programs, presented monthly throughout the run of the exhibition, invite sustained engagement with the commission through a variety of lenses.

More information on the full program series is available here.

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