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Maya Ciarrocchi: Site Sorel
April 20 | 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
One event on May 11, 2018 at 6:00pm
Kinescope.Gallery in collaboration with Fillmore Projects is pleased to announce the opening on Friday, April 20th, of Site: Sorel, the second solo exhibition by New York City based artist Maya Ciarrocchi. The exhibition is comprised of video, prints, 3D models and hand- drafted architectural drawings on the gallery walls.
Site: Sorel is a meditation on the real and imaginary spaces left behind by the dead. In this work, Ciarrocchi conjures an image of Barbara Sorel, an author and fixture of the 1990’s lesbian bar scene in New York City. Sorel, as she was called by her friends, sold drugs to support her writing and was tragically murdered in her East Village apartment in 1999. Some of her writing remains and an obituary appeared in the Village Voice following her murder. Apart from this and the memories of friends, she is largely forgotten by history. Combining these memories with Ciarrocchi’s own, and by utilizing text from Sorel’s self-published book Sorel in Love, the exhibition merges language with image to reveal where the two women’s experiences intersect and collide.
As part of the exhibition there will be a performance event on Friday, May 11th from 6-8pm, comprised of readings of Sorel’s writing by those who knew her. These readings will lead to a broader discussion on the subject of art, success and the lesbian experience in New York City from the 1970’s to the present.
Maya Ciarrocchi is an interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited at Abrons Arts Center, Anthology Film Archives, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Chocolate Factory, Gibney Dance, Microscope Gallery, New York Live Arts and Smack Mellon. Residencies include the Baryshnikov Arts Center, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Ucross Foundation, and she has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Franklin Furnace Fund, Jerome Foundation, MAP Fund and Puffin Foundation. Ciarrocchi was a 2017 Bronx Museum Artist in the Marketplace and earned a MFA from the School of Visual Arts and a BFA from Purchase College.
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