LuminxSpace is a space to create art, find sanctuary, protest, resist oppression, and build community. Arantxa Araujo conceives of LuminxSpace as a place to experience and share immigrant realities and to replenish and strengthen minds and bodies.
LuminxSpace will feature Araujo’s multidisciplinary work, including photography, video, and sculpture. Araujo is pleased to collaborate with photographer and activist George de Castro-Day, to develop an ongoing portrait series. In addition to Araujo’s work, LuminxSpace includes de Castro-Day’s photo documentary work from the southern border and political protests in New York and elsewhere. LuminxSpace will also include a library of informational materials for immigrants and their allies, as well as texts for reflection and conversation. Dan Zlotnik will provide audio installations that evoke the experiences of migrants on the move and under pressure in our society.
Cuerpxs de Luz, a closing durational performance by Araujo, will occur on September 1st, 2019. Cuerpxs de Luz will last from sunset to sunrise, and take the form of a procession beginning at Grace Exhibition Space at 182 Avenue C at 7:00pm and ending at 21 Greenwich Avenue at 7:00am the following morning. Performers include Araujo, Maira Duarte, Mario Galeano, and Christopher UnPezVerde Nunez. The support team will include Valeria Avina, George de Castro-Day, Wei Chao, Ben Fisher, Boris Kourtoukov, and Dan Zlotnik. The team will collect donations for R.A.I.C.E.S. on the night of the performance.
Cuerpxs de Luz is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. LMCC serves, connects and makes space for artists and community.
About the Artist
Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican multidisciplinary feminist artist with a background in neuroscience, based in NYC. She is interested in repetition and duration to access heightened states of awareness. Her work explores bio-behavioral research, gender constructions and the politics of migration—its effects and consequences in the construction of identity and performativity—by using video, mapping, LEDs and performance.
Her work has been shown in the Brooklyn Museum, University Settlement, Glasshouse Gallery, Queens Museum, Panoply Lab, and Art in Odd Places in NYC; El Monumento a la Revolución, and El Vicio, in Mexico; RAW during Miami Art Week; The Semel and Huret & Spector Gallery in Boston; SPACE Gallery and Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh; and Nuit Blanche Festival in Saskatoon, Canada. She holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University, and is a CONACYT scholarship holder, 2012.