Venue: Howard Yezerski Gallery
Dates: February 2nd– March 6th, 2018
Opening Reception: February 2nd, 5-8 p.m.
Artist Talk: February 24th, 3-5 p.m.
Denise Marika is an artist whose work focuses on individual vulnerability and the collective human condition. Her projects range from installation and performance video to photography and documentary work in the field of social practice. Marika’s exhibitions include solo shows at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Gardner Museum, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and MassMoCA as well as international galleries and screenings. Marika has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council and the LEF Foundation among others. She has also been a Bunting/Radcliffe Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Fulbright Specialist. Marika’s recent work includes documentaries and collaborations with non-profit organizations in South Asia as well as experimental video and soundwave photography.
In her current project, Bodywaves, Marika uses video images of her own body, shot over a decade ago, to create new photographic landscapes eroded by soundwaves. The body is torn and morphed by the soundscape, underscoring the ephemeral nature of our physical existence.
In addition to her artistic work, Marika has founded the Marika Foundation for Social Action, a non-profit organization that fosters grassroots collaboration in the arts, healthcare, education and environmental protection. The artist is donating her share of all proceeds from the sale of her photographs and catalogue to two partners of the Foundation, the Sakshyam Foundation in Nepal and Bikes Not Bombs – Cycloville KENYA.
More information about the Marika Foundation for Social Action is available at marikafoundation.org