265 “The Art of Living” with Isabel Cotarelo and Marielena Ferrer

On this month’s installment of Spirituality and Politics, Marelena Ferrer and I are joined by Isabel Cotarelo, an artist who’s life experiences express through her work. “The need to modify the contiguous space and the objects in it has always emanated as an irresistible force. The experiences that I have had throughout my life have changed the output of that force. As a Latina growing up in a matriarchal family, the useful craft making process and cooking that bonded members and generated stories and guidance are now part of my story and a repository from where I can launch a new re-invention of self.”

​Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and living and working in Kingston, NY, Isabel studied Fine Art and Counseling, has received numerous grants and awards and exhibited internationally since 1983.

She co-curated the exhibit at the Arts Society of Kingston featuring women from around the globe to Celebrate “HERstory.”

Our conversation weaves through the experiences of being a woman, being raised in a matriarchal family, the importance of spaces for women and Isabel’s own HERstory.

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264 Art and HERstory with Viktorsha Uliyanova and Marielena Ferrer

Today I am joined by Viktorsha and Marielena, two participating artists in ASK’s “HERstory” exhibit showing all month in Kingston, NY. Closing ceremony is on March 25th from 3-5pm. We talk about their work, migration, trauma and celebrating women!

Viktorsha Uliyanova is a New York artist whose photographic, fiber and installation works investigate loss, cultural identity and trauma narrated through the prism of memory. Uliyanova’s practice is informed by her upbringing in the Soviet Union, political repression and the immigrant experience. Although her work is grounded in analog photography, her practice often consists of dialogues between different materials including fabric, video and found objects.Through working with cloth and multimedia installations, Uliyanova registers unrecorded traumatic memories that exist outside of historical archive into physical spaces and form. By working with different textures and alternative processes, she points to what has been hidden or lost and makes it visible.

Uliyanova received her BA in English from Hunter College in New York and is currently pursuing an MFA in Photography and Related Media at State University of New Paltz. Her photographs have been featured in publications including Atlas Obscura, Business Insider, Float Magazine, InStyle Russia, Curated by Girls, Susie Magazine. Uliyanova’s work has been exhibited at a number of national and international venues including, Lorimoto Gallery in New York, Participant Inc. New York, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art , 8 Ball Zine at MOMA PS1, Das Gift in Berlin, Collarworks in Troy, among others. Her work has been supported by a number of grants including DiPalo-Williams grant,David Lavallee Grant, Sojourner Truth Fellowship and Research for Creative Projects grant. Uliyanova has taught many workshops over the years and is currently an Instructor of Record at SUNY New Paltz.

Marielena Ferrer, my monthly co-host of Politics and Spirituality on I want what SHE has, is an artist and the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization, Chair of the Athena Network New York — a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process, a board member of the Family of Woodstock, a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and Kingston’s City Arts Commission.

Marielena is also showing her Broken Monarch’s exhibit at SUNY Ulster March 10th-April 14th.

Here’s Tanaaz’s Moon Report and Cory Nakusue’s show the Cosmic Dispatch.

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#184 Marielena Ferrer “Spirituality and Politics”

Back at it for another round of deep thoughts and wild talks with Mariaelena.

The second Monday of the month is inspired by the book, Espiritualidad y Politica, which was published 10 years ago, of which Mariaelena was a contributor. She is also the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization, Chair of the Athena Network New York — a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process, a board member of the Family of Woodstock, a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and Kingston’s City Arts Commission.

Today, we veer ever so slightly away from the book and into the realm of capitalism in spirituality, group think, cancel culture, tolerance, and the writing/re-writing of history. For background, we refer to this Vice article about Guru Jagat as well as this TIME article of Anthony Fanone’s story from the January 6th insurrection. How will this history be remembered?

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#180 Spirituality, Politics and Gun Culture with Marielena Ferrer

Back at it for another round of deep thoughts and wild talks with Mariaelena and special guest Ulster County Sheriff Juan Figueroa.

The second Monday of the month is inspired by the book, Espiritualidad y Politica, which was published 10 years ago, of which Mariaelena was a contributor. She is also the Executive Director of Humanamente — a diversity and inclusion consulting organization, Chair of the Athena Network New York — a psychosocial support network in the area of social services, health, and specifically in mental health, for immigrants experiencing psychological challenges related to the migratory process, a board member of the Family of Woodstock, a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and Kingston’s City Arts Commission. You can connect with her on Instagram here.

Today, we veer ever so slightly away from the book and into the realm of gun culture and politics. We were inspired by this article about over 180 gun deaths over the 4th of July weekend, and refer to this article about guns and play. We dive into a bit of what it means for children and boys specifically to “play” with “toy” guns. Is it a part of developing as “boys” and having power over one another? Is this a necessary part of development? What is gun culture and can we change it in America? Would love to know what you think!

Send us any and all thoughts, we love to hear them.

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