BRIAN BERMAN, USA
6 FEET OF CONNECTION | BACK TO OUR ROOTS
Supported by the City of Ojai Arts Commission, Building Bridges Art Exchange, Flourish Ojai,
The Ojai Retreat, and the Porch Gallery, curated by Marisa Caichiolo
Exhibition: June 26 - August 5
Opening Reception: June 26, 12 - 6pm
Brian Berman | Carol Shaw-Sutton | Greta Lovina | Pamela Grau | Marisa Caichiolo | Walter Erra Hubert | Angelica Rochon Antuan Rodriguez | Andrea Juan | Carlos Martiel | Miguel Sbastida | Severin Guelpa | Beatriz Pichi Malen
The intent of 6 Feet of Connection | Back to our Roots was to create Rituals of Reconnection with the Earth, an open space for Ojai artists, international guest artists, and the Ojai Valley community to honor the Earth through the power of artistic expressions that build understanding, connect, transform, and ignite. The community-wide initiative includes 3 free online workshops by international land installation artists and a collection of photos and videos of our own installations throughout the valley.
Since 1970, people around the world have been promoting and supporting sustainable actions and inspiring constructive approaches to the environmental crisis through Earth Day. Now, more than ever, we must collectively act. In order to survive, we must mobilize our community to work together in bringing back balance between humanity and the natural order of things. We must remember what it means to love the Earth as our Mother.
The exhibition includes special guest Beatriz Pichi Malen. Beatriz is an Argentine singer of Mapuche origin whose work is dedicated to the search, transmission, and celebration of her indigenous culture. With her mapuche music, singing in her native language, she shares the poetry, vision and strength of her mapuche community, practicing an exercise of belonging, identity and pride very necessary currently. In 1990, her international career began when she was invited by the Rockefeller Foundation to participate in the IV International Women’s Congress. Beatriz is the most important singer of ancient Mapuche songs. Enjoy this great musical work; simple, pure, harmonious with the earth.
The pandemic is giving us a pause. For a moment, humanity has no choice but to reflect on its vulnerability. Through art, we have the power to reach each other, to communicate, and to establish a deeper understanding & emotional connection with our planet.
6 Feet of Connection is supported by the City of Ojai Arts Commission, The Ojai Retreat Cultural Center, Flourish Ojai, and Porch Gallery, and in partnership with Building Bridges Art Exchange.