THREADS – Poetry Event at the FLUX Factory
April 10, 2021
April 10 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Gallery Viewing @ 1-5 pm
Poetry Program @ 5-7 pm
Videos screened @ 7 pm
To join us for the Poetry Program at the Windmill Community Garden (Across the street from Flux Factory)
Flux Factory is happy to be hosting THREADS, an exhibition curated by an international collective of arts organizations from Bogotá, NYC, Manila and Chicago: Bliss on Bliss Arts Projects, Maleza Proyectos, Nodo 51 Area Cultural, Poets of Queens and Yara Arts Group.
The THREADS Project and its expanding global network helps artists and audiences establish a dialogue between images and poetry to find greater connections and understanding in these difficult times. This exhibition at Flux Factory, is an introduction to a THREADS future and an opportunity to stand in solidarity against the violence being enacted upon our Asian family members and communities.
THREADS is curated by Virlana Tkacz, founding director of Yara Arts Group, a resident company at La MaMa Experimental Theatre in New York since 1990. Olena Jennings, the curator and founder of Poets of Queens, acts as poetry
Threads clothe us, threads expose us, threads bring us together.
Catalina Bolivar, Juliana Canal, Waldemart Klyuzko, Cayla Lockwood, Isabella Lopez, Ged Merino, Nadenka Art Group, Aze Ong, and Jevijoe Vitug.
Pichchenda Bao, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Olena Jennnings, and Wanda Phipps.
One of the homes for THREADS is Bliss on Bliss Art Projects founded by Ged Merino. Bliss on Bliss Art Projects has been bringing arts and culture to the Sunnyside neighborhood in Queens since 2011. It provides a venue for new and established artists. The shows at Bliss on Bliss Art Projects have consistently led to cross cultural collaboration.
Other core participants of THREADS include Nadenka Art Group made up of members from Omsk, Novosibirsk, Moscow, and St. Petersburg. They were formed in 2014 in Omsk. The group includes Anastasia Makarenko, Masha Alexandrova, Maria Rybka, Nadezhda Valetskaya, and Alena Isakhanyan. Videos of their textile book projects will be shown at Flux Factory. The poets will address awareness of anti-Asian sentiment and acts. Artists Cayla Lockwood and Jevijoe Vitug will unveil a banner to encourage action against Asian hate.
Finally, videos by Waldemart Klyuzko, Aze Ong, and Nadenka Art Group will be shown, bringing another aspect of the textile art to life. In his video, Waldemart Klyuzko weaves the words of Serhiy Zhadan’s poem “Home” in tape. Aze Ong performs to Wanda Phipps reading an excerpt from her poem “Womb Dreams.” Nadenka presents textile books that allow us to experience the pages along with them.