Here, and the Wind: An Exhibition About Process
March 23, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pmfree
Opening to coincide with World Water Week at The University of Texas at El Paso, Here, And the Wind documents the process behind Experiencing the Bosque, a performance made in collaboration with the Center for Environmental Resource Management at the Rio Bosque Wetlands Park in November 2022. The exhibition is on view from March 23 through May 26, 2023, with an opening reception on March 23 from 5-7:30 pm.
To experience the Bosque, more than 40 dancers engaged with various sites at Rio Bosque, presenting choreographies developed from more than a year of public programs, workshops, and community-engaged practices. The exhibition documents the process of community engagement in the creation of the performance, considering the intersections between land, movement, research, and conservation and how artists develop, research, and theorize collaborative creative processes.
“The Experiencing the Bosque project highlights the potential of the arts to engage diverse audiences in the exploration of critical environmental topics,” says Rubin Center Director Kerry Doyle. “Sandra Paola López Ramirez has worked with interdisciplinary teams of artists, activists, educators, and students to explore the unique ecosystem of the bosque, engaging both hearts and minds in the process.”
Here, And the Wind also includes the world premiere of a documentary film about the project, as well as photographs, written texts, and drawings from workshop participants, wearable sculptures produced by students under the supervision of UTEP Metals professor Jess Tolbert; a sound installation by UTEP music faculty Chris Reyman and his students; maps, and other forms of visual information related to the park. Finally, in line with the collaborative engagement across all facets of Experiencing the Bosque, Here, And the Wind invites visitors to move through the space in dialogue with the choreographies of the performance: visitors will be offered prompts and scores for their own experiences of movement in dialogue with the landscapes around us.