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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#137 Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington “Artist and Consultant”

Maria Elena Ferrer-Harrington is 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 network of individuals whose mission is to provide confidential and fully accessible crisis intervention, information, prevention, and support services to address the needs of individuals and families, and a socially engaged artist.

Maria Elena has successfully facilitated migration-related workshops since 2004. As a member of the global Athena Network Association, Maria Elena has presented her work with immigrants at the network’s annual Migration and Mental Health congress in London, Rome, Berlin and Brussels. She introduced the concept of migratory mourning nationally in 2012, and has since led migratory-mourning panel discussions at several conferences.

She is a member of the Arts Mid-Hudson Advisory Board, and has been recently appointed by Kingston’s Mayor, Steve Noble, to the City Arts Commission. Maria Elena’s drawings and paintings were recently exhibited at the Muroff–Kotler Visual Arts Gallery at the State University of New York at Ulster awarding her the opportunity to show her artwork at highly regarded Plaza Gallery of the State University of New York in Albany in 2019. She juried the Cornell Creative Arts Center’s very first exhibition, “We’re All Humans,” and inaugurated The DRAW’s new studio at the Energy Square with her art installation, “Masking Identities: Rebuilding Deterritorialized Cultural Memories,” a deep dive into the complexity of the migrant’s narrative and experience. Both art shows are open to the public through October 2020.

Today she shares her own experience as a migrant, what migratory mourning is, the complexities of migration, rebirthing and of course ART!

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