Sana Obaid

What is the cHURCH? | Livestream

August 13, 2017
11:00am

Join us for the an artist talk via Skype by Sana Obaid at the cHURCH OF MONIKA. Obaid will discuss her work, her current exhibit at Open Source, دیوار | De-war | Wall, and her experience with and attitudes to the concepts of walls and boundaries.

This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be provided.

At a time when it is more important than ever to address the political and social significance of walls, travel and immigration, Sana Obaid will present دیوار | De-war | Wall, an exhibition that explores borders and boundaries. دیوار | De-war | Wall will incorporate Obaid’s work with elements of life, such as her visa rejection letter, to create work that examines how she has not only been affected by metaphorical walls, but also political and social barriers that have prevented her movement and progress. As a work in progress, the exhibition will change throughout the month, transforming with the addition of video from Obaid’s performances in Pakistan, artist talks and volunteer-executed performances in Brooklyn.

In 2015, artist Sana Obaid submitted a proposal for a piece titled Making a Brick Wall during an open call for exhibitions. The proposal included a performance where the artist would create a wall around herself using fired bricks. Obaid described how, as a Pakistani woman, the society in which she lives has encouraged walls, limiting her experience of life. دیوار | De-war | Wall is an evolution of Obaid’s original proposal, exploring how walls can act as a metaphor, or even literal manifestation, for safety and comfort, yet block views of and interactions with our surroundings and our neighbors.

Obaid’s exhibition was scheduled for 2017. In late 2016, Open Source was notified that we had been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support Obaid’s exhibit. In early 2017, Obaid began the process of applying for a visa to travel to the United States for the exhibition. In March 2017, Obaid’s daughter was born. In June 2017, Sana Obaid’s visa was denied.

Sana Obaid was trained as a miniaturist at the National College of Arts (Pakistan) and received her Masters in Art and Design at Beaconhouse National University (Pakistan). She has exhibited throughout Pakistan as spaces such as Alhamra Gallery, Art Scene Gallery, IVSAA Gallery and Chawkandi Gallery. She has also exhibited outside Pakistan in spaces such as Herbert Gallery (UK), Glynn Vivan Gallery (UK) and Annant Gallery (India).

This exhibition is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Inquiry into the ELE (End-of-Life Experience)

What is the cHURCH? | Artist website

June 11, 2017
11am

Join us for a conversation and discussion with artist Leigh Davis focusing on ELEs (end-of-life experiences). This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

ELEs are unusual experiences that typically occur around the time of a death and are experienced by a person who is dying or who has lost a loved one. These experiences can be interpreted as premonitions, deathbed visions, golden light, changes in the temperature or atmosphere, terminal lucidity, or eerie coincidences.

This cHURCH invites visitors to participate and speculate about the boundaries between the physical world, the emotional world, and what may exist beyond. Prompts are optional but are available here for attendees.

After an unusual and profound experience in 2013, Davis began an archive and body of work examining end-of-life experiences (otherwise known as ELEs). Over the past two years, Davis has been recording and collecting numerous ELE accounts through interactions with hospice nurses, chaplains, social scientists, therapists, and people of all spiritual backgrounds and capacities. These recordings are personal remnants of lives lived and lost, illuminating experiences which are rarely shared publicly but remain profoundly meaningful to those who experience them. Davis will employ excerpts of the accounts in her upcoming film work, Inquiry into the ELE.



Nia & Ness

What is the cHURCH? | Nia & Ness | Within

May 21, 2017
11:00am
This event has been postponed from 5/14 to 5/21 due to rain.

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Join us at the cHURCH as Nia & Ness discuss their work together and Within, their upcoming project inspired by Francesco Simeti’s Swell, currently on view at Open Source. This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Nia & Ness are a dancer-poet duo whose work is informed by the complexities of their relationship, and aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities. Along with being an artistic duo, they are also in a long-term, committed relationship. Nia & Ness use their bond, connection and intimacy to pull feelings and ideas out of each other that they, themselves, might not have been able to grab onto personally. This ability to see each other in ways that no one else can or will drives a large portion of their art, and allows the audience to come into their world and experience the depths of their lives with them. Nia & Ness use the similarities and differences within their identities and life experiences to create work that is filtered through their personal experiences to ultimately connect with their broader humanity.

Nia & Ness are a dancer-poet performance art duo based in Brooklyn, NY. The duo met in 2013 and founded their company in 2016. They performed at multiple venues in New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania; sharing their work that aims at a deeper understanding of their co-reality through intense investigation of their individual identities. They have also been highlighted in local newspapers; and recognized as by the Brooklyn-based art group, THE CREATORS COLLECTIVE’s as one of their top 5 artists of 2016.

Along with the couple’s work together, Nia is a proud BFA dance graduate from Temple University. Immediately after graduation she began dancing in Germany and France with DAGADA dance company; and Ness, a Journalism graduate of SUNY Plattsburgh, freelances as a writer for the California-based magazine Việt Tide.



POST HUMAN ANIMAL INSTINCT / I wanna melt your gender hairs

What is the cHURCH? | KC Crow Maddux | Facebook Event

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Join us for POST HUMAN ANIMAL INSTINCT / I wanna melt your gender hairs at the cHURCH OF MONIKA as KC Crow Maddux discusses their work. This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Using drawing and layered transparent photographs of their own transgender body, KC diagrams symbolic constellations relating to gender, desire, and sexuality. Photographs are layered and suspended over paintings done on those walls. The transparent nature of the clear film creates an analogue composite effect that creates the appearance of a cohesive, solid image while in reality it is made of multiple hanging individual fragments. Gender is a real thing, it is a construction and also a lived reality; an amalgam of puppetry and embodiment, nonsense.

KC Crow Maddux is a Brooklyn based trans artist who explores themes relating death, sexuality, and gender. After finishing the Kansas City Art Institute, they showed locally and in Chicago for several years, receiving an Urban Culture Project studio residency, multiple nominations for the Charlotte Street Grant, and exhibited at the Renaissance Society, in Chicago. After earning a M.F.A. at the University of Texas, they moved to Brooklyn in 2013. Their work has been written about in Review magazine, The Kansas City Star, Pitch Weekly, Austin Chronicle, Hyperallergic, and Art New City (sometimes as Kacy Maddux). In the past year they have shown at the International Cultural Center of Krakow and venues in Austin and Brooklyn.



Karen Stevenson

What is the cHURCH? | WITNESS Media Lab | Livestream

March 12, 2017
11:00am

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Join us at the cHURCH OF MONIKA as Karen Stevenson discusses the her work with the WITNESS Media Lab and their new project, “Capturing Hate.” This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

The hard won legal victories that the LGBTQ community has achieved in the U.S. has triggered a backlash. There have been over 100 proposed anti-LGBTQ state laws since the passage of marriage equality in June 2015, many of them specifically targeting transgender people. Anti-LGBTQ violence, particularly against transgender people of color, has been called an “epidemic” by anti-violence groups, and, a majority of U.S. states can legally exclude transgender communities from public accommodation, employment, housing and healthcare.

Meeting the needs and understanding the issues facing transgender and gender nonconforming people is understudied because general population surveys that currently determine policy, social services and funding do not include questions about gender identity beyond the male and female binary.

And, being uncounted means being overlooked.

The WITNESS Media Lab incubates emerging technologies and practices dedicated to unleashing the potential of eyewitness video as a powerful tool to report, monitor, and advocate for human rights. The Media Lab’s newest project, “Capturing Hate,” studied viewer engagement with eyewitness videos that show acts of transphobic violence that were filmed, shared, and engaged with as entertainment. The videos and viewer engagement with them tell a powerful and disturbing story of the abusive and often life threatening environments that transgender and gender nonconforming people navigate daily. This project explores the untapped potential of eyewitness video as a way to fill that gap. By collecting and analyzing viewer engagement with eyewitness videos, they have found an innovative way of unmasking patterns of discrimination and abuse.

Karen Stevenson leads the WITNESS Media Lab, a program dedicated to developing solutions to ensure that eyewitness video can serve as an effective tool for justice. She has a Master’s degree in Journalism from Indiana University and has been a consultant, experience designer, and technology project manager for Fortune 10 media companies, arts organizations and non-profit advocacy groups.

Karen launched Brooklyn’s first 24×7 community cable channel, creating the borough’s only live, daily news show, several Emmy-nominated programs, and a community Town Hall series. She served as Senior Director of Digital Media at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts where she oversaw the installation of the award-winning campus digital signage system and designed the content systems that manage it. She co-founded a non-profit media institute that has trained journalists and media entrepreneurs in the U.S., Poland, Albania, Turkey, and the Pacific Islands. She’s been a digital media consultant to the American Chambers of Commerce to the European Union and was selected to be the Digital Media keynote speaker at their Annual Plenary Meetings in Warsaw and Istanbul.



Cornucopia

What is the cHURCH? | The Middle Passage | The Vanderbilt Republic | The People Movers | Livestream | Facebook Event

February 12, 2017
11:00am

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Join us at the cHURCH OF MONIKA for Cornucopia, a discussion with the curators and artists of The Middle Passage, a performance art narrative in site-specific camera obscura at Open Source.

The Middle Passage is a performance art series curated by George Del Barrio and Kate Ladenheim that uses a focused camera obscura with multiple projections to create surface-mapped stages upside-down and backwards on the gallery walls. The project aims to transform our shared spaces into a spectacle that allows the physics of the universe to bend in support of the artists. Artists of color are presenting new work within an illuminated blackout that requires patience and observation for the viewer to fully discover. Within the blacked-out gallery, the artists fill the space with their light, bringing site-specific to a darkened space as a subtle act of activism. Every day the theater will fade as the light dies, offering a metaphor for resilience.

The Vanderbilt Republic is a creative agency based in Gowanus, Brooklyn. The agency was formed to catalyze the impact of creative expression in all modes. VR sees artists as leaders, activists and agents for positive change. Through their work with the creative diaspora, VR offers boutique solutions in: creative production, design, direction, artist representation and landscape projection design. George Del Barrio is VR’s founder and creative director.

The People Movers is a dance and production collaborative under the direction of Kate Ladenheim. It is the mission of The People Movers to create complex works that reveal the inherently performative qualities of our world through thoughtful and technical movement, and to support the arts community as a whole by organizing relevant and engaging productions. In short, The People Movers make performances, and make performances happen.

Artists involved in this project include: Elsa Waithe, Dante Brown (Warehouse Dance), Jayson Smith, Same As Sister, Dances for Solidarity and Chee Malabar



South Slope Resistance

What is the cHURCH? | Livestream | Facebook Event

January 15, 2016
11:00am

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Join us for the cHURCH OF MONIKA as Heidi Langeneckert and Nancy Shimmel host a community meeting to affirm shared values of tolerance, social and economic justice, and love for each other. Bagels and coffee will be served.

In the aftermath of November 8th, it has never been more important for us to come together—to stand against hate and injustice and to defend our democracy. In collaboration with MoveOn and People’s Action, Heidi and Nancy will present an event as part of a critical national day of action just days before the inauguration—on Sunday, January 15. Community meetings are being organized across the country to talk about what resistance looks like on the local level and sketch out a plan to keep our communities safe, fight for our values, and resist the new administration every step of the way—including by organizing opposition to injustice.

Working together works. Let’s join forces to create effective resistance to dangerous politics of fear and hate.



Terzo Paradiso

What is the cHURCH? | Terzo Paradiso/The Third Paradise | Facebook Event | On Livestream

November 6, 2016
11:00am

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Join us for the cHURCH OF MONIKA as we participate in Terzo Paradiso by creating our own symbol of The Third Paradise. This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

In 2003, Michelangelo Pistoletto wrote The Third Paradise (Terzo Paradiso) manifesto and drew its symbol. The basic idea of the Third Paradise is the overcoming of the current worldwide existing conflict between the two polarities of nature and artifice. The Third Paradise is symbolically represented by a reconfiguration of the mathematical infinity sign. In the symbol of the Third Paradise three circles are drawn: the two opposite circles signify nature and artifice; the middle one is the conjunction of the two and represents the generative womb of a new humanity.

The Third Paradise is the passage to a new level of planetary civilization, essential to ensure the survival of the human race. To this purpose we first of all need to re-form the principles and the ethical behaviours guiding our common life. The Third Paradise is the great myth that leads everyone to take personal responsibility in the global vision.

Monika Wuhrer, our own executive director, is an ambassador of the Third Paradise and will lead the event.



Singing The Landscape

What is the cHURCH? | Artist Website | Facebook Event | Livestream

October 16, 2016
11:00am

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Join us at the cHURCH as sound artist and conceptual songwriter Sara Bouchard presents new work exploring the translation of landscape into song. This is a free event. Bagels and coffee will be served.

Created at Residency 108 in rural upstate NY, Sara’s new work employ the human voice in counterpoint with the landscape through sound installation and participatory performance. Bouchard’s work reveals a relationship to the landscape that is startlingly intimate, simultaneously playful and somber in tone and steeped in the culture of American folk histories, migration stories and traditions of worship.

Sara Bouchard is a multidisciplinary artist whose work explores the intersection of sound, story and environment. Born in California, Bouchard received her B.A. from Yale University in 2003 and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has exhibited and performed across NYC, including at The Center for Book Arts, The American Folk Art Museum, Dumbo Arts Center, Proteus Gowanus and Open Source, as well as in the Berlin Underground. Her piece Weather Box was published by Fuse Works Multiples & Editions in 2014. She is known for her work with Americana string band Union Street Preservation Society and currently performs as Sara Bouchard & the Salt Parade.



Songül Boyraz

cHURCH OF MONIKA: Songül Boyraz | Press Release | Facebook Event | Artist Website | What is the cHURCH?

September 11, 2016
11:00am

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This September, artist Songül Boyraz will host the cHURCH OF MONIKA and discuss her recent project Game Over.

In Yenibosna, a district in Boyraz’s hometown of Istanbul, the artist has observed the Syrian and Kurdish refugee children who play within an abandoned dilapidated vacant lot. Game Over explores the home that children have created within the midst of desolation. In this child-made utopia, wooden planks become a floor, grass and fig leaves a soft carpet. Salvaged chairs and car tires are converted into furniture through several hours of design, allowing the children to create some semblance of normalcy and positivity. Bread from a nearby factory transforms a barren, makeshift table into a banquet upon where the children eat together. Here, in a self-made paradise, the children spend the day playing and laughing. In Game Over, Boyraz focuses on this oasis for children amid the suffering and poverty.

Songül Boyraz, an artist born in Turkey, currently lives and works in Austria. She completed her MFA at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Austria. She has participated in residencies at the MAK Center Artists- and Architects-In-Residence Program (Los Angeles, CA) and the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) (Brooklyn, NY). Her work has been presented in exhibitions in spaces such as Kund Gallery (Turkey), Gallery Viertlneun (Austria), Galerie Konzett (Austria), Royal Botanic Garden (Scotland), Museum of Contemporary Art (Croatia), ISCP (USA) and Haus der Kunst (Switzerland) among many others.



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upcoming

2017 Exhibitions
Sana Obaid: دیوار | De-war | Wall
Omar López-Chahoud
Reimagining Tradition
Kimberly Mayhorn

past

Andrew Snyder: 9 Meditations
Francesco Simeti: Swell
Liinu Grönlund: It could have been
The Middle Passage
Soup Kitchen 2016
2016 Exhibitions
Another Space: Permanent Construction
i Collective: Once Upon Unfolding Times
Dimensions Variable: Multidisciplinary
South Slope Derby 2016
Boa Mistura: Spread Love, It’s The Brooklyn Way
SiTE:LAB: Nothing Is Destroyed
guerilla-art.mx: Transgression
Rawiya: In Her Absence I Created Her Image
HAI: Sole Exchange
Videokaffe: Para-sites & Proto-types
Prosjektrom Normanns: Transcendental Tactility
/rive: Anamorphosis
Soup Kitchen 2015
Mira Gaberova: Statue of Everything
Savas Boyraz: Back Drop
Cristian Bors & Marius Ritiu: Venus von Hamburg
Soap Box Derby 2015
Sara Morawetz: How the Stars Stand
Whitney Lynn: Rummage
Yun-Woo Choi: Endless, Seamless
Jasmine Murrell: Some Impossibility Without A Name
Tirtzah Bassel: I Want To Hold You Close
B. David Walsh: Extracted Bedroom Project
Lena Lapschina: Yes/No
Soup Kitchen 2014
Sofia Szamosi: Eat Me
Corina Reynolds: Northwestern Expansion
Emanuele Cacciatore: A Conversation with Consequence
Box Car Workshops and Derby 2014
Mark Stilwell: The Super Defense Force vs The Tittanno Beast (The Power of the Constructonauts)
Hubert Dobler: Roundabout
Arne Schreiber: Your Stripes
Katerina Marcelja: Fragment Series
Fuse-Works: Some Assembly Required