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El Corazón Aúlla (Heart Howls): Latin American Feminist Performance in Revolt at The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

September 29, 2022–January 21, 2023

Opening reception: September 29, 6–8pm, RSVP required
Performance and talk by Flavia Marcus Bien: October 1, 2:30–6pm, RSVP required

El Corazón Aúlla (Heart Howls): Latin American Feminist Performance in Revolt will be on display at The 8th Floor beginning on September 29, 2022, and it will remain there through January 21, 2023, thanks to the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Curated by Alexis Heller and Tatiana Muñoz-Brenes, the exhibition includes work from Nayla Altamirano, Denise E. Reyes Amaya, Elina Chauvet, Cristina Flores, Regina José Galindo, Fernanda Laguna and Cecilia Palmeiro, Flavia Marcus Bien, Luiza Prado de O. Martins, Rossella Matamoros-Jiménez, Bárbara Milano, Wynnie Mynerva, Jazmín Ra, and Berna Reale.

Through the eyes of artists and activists who deal with it on a daily basis, the show investigates gender-based violence in Latin America. The female and nonbinary artists included in El Corazón Alla are based in Peru, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina. They use their artistic practices for protest and uprising. A very potent strategy for dealing with severe absence and loss is performance. They portray the anger, anxiety, ritualized grieving, and feminist communal care that characterize their struggle for survival through performance.

As Heller and Muñoz-Brenes write: “These performances, their aesthetic decisions, and their particular social contexts answer questions that other artistic media cannot answer, or that could not establish an alliance with the viewer in the search for social justice.” They continue, “Gender violence, reaching its highest peaks in feminicide and state violence, is a topic that should be howled when shouting is not enough.”

The opening weekend at The 8th Floor will feature a reception on Thursday, September 29, 6–8pm (RSVP) followed by a performance and talk by Flavia Marcus Bien on Saturday, October 1, 2:30–6pm (RSVP). All of our events are free and open to the public, with further programming to be announced soon.

This exhibition is the result of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation’s first-ever annual open call. Heller and Muñoz-Brenes were selected from a pool of applications by the Foundation’s curatorial team.

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