IROKO, The Tree of Life project featuring three Eastern faculties, Imna Arroyo, Tao Chen and Jaime Gomez, opens this spring in three Connecticut art spaces. The project includes three art exhibitions, a video 10 minutes multi media and a book whi ch will se rve as th e ca ta lo g fo r th e traveling art exhibition.
IROKO is inspired by the sacred Tree of Life, known as Iroko to the Yoruba people of West Africa and those of the African Diaspora, Yaxché to the Maya, Kapok in Southeast Asia, Silk- Cotton Tree to Indigenous North Americans, and La Ceiba in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The tree is of great symbolic, spiritual, mythological, medicinal, magical, commercial, ecological and aesthetic import. Through the exploration of materials old and new, traditional and innovative technologies this multi-media installation focuses on the mysteries of nature using the Iroko/ Yaxché/ Kapok/ La Ceiba / Silk-Cotton Tree as an anchor to express the power of nature, its continuity and resiliency which hold the promise for a sustainable future if nurtured and honored.
Humberto Figueroa from Puerto Rico and Migdalia Salas of MS17 Art Project Gallery are the curators of the traveling exhibition. Art installations are by Imna Arroyo and include drawings on Amate paper, etchings, re l ie f scu lp tu ral p r in ts m ad e w i th handmade paper and encaustic, reed fiber woven sculptures with th e multi-media video. The video was created in collaboration with graphic and digital media artist, Tao Chen, and video producer, Jaime Gomez. The video includes visuals of Indigenous people from the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta of Colombia by Jaime Gomez and videographer Julio Charris as well as traditional Yoruba Orisha songs sung by Amma McKen, Iya Ola and Swahili Henry and a new dance performed by Sinque Tavares and choreographer Alycia Bright- Holland. IROKO also includes a book designed by Tao Chen featuring essay contributions by ecologist, Carmen R. Cid, art historian, Maline Werness-Rude, and writers Isis Rakia Mattei, María Vázquez, Esperanza Cáseres Santa Cruz, Jaime Gómez, Migdalia Salas and Humberto Figueroa.
The Clare Gallery and Charter Oak Cultural Center Hartford as well as MS17 Art Project Gallery in New London are the Spring 2017 exhibition hosts. Each installation focuses on distinct interpretations of the IROKO – the Tree of Life as home of the ancestors, humanity and the gods.
IROKO: Home of the Ancestors/La Casa de los Ancestros
An exhibit of Amate paper drawings and wood cut tapestries by Imna Arroyo exploring the Ceiba tree as the home of the ancestors. The opening reception will provide a special viewing of a video multimedia produced and directed by Imna Arroyo, Tao Chen, Jaime Gómez.
Charter Oak Cultural Center March 23–May 6, 2017
Artists Reception and Iroko Tree of Life video multi media viewing: Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 5: 30 p m -7:30 pm
21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT 00106
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