Back to Valencia, La Erreria (House of Bent) participated in “A les Balconades 2017” (25 may/11 june) with two installations ECOGÈNERO. LA DIVERSIDAD ES VIDA (Ecogender. Diversity is Life) and P.I.N.Q. PARC (P.I.N.Q. Park – Post Industrial Natural Queer) and the partecipatory street action ECOGÉNERO – Pasacalle (r)Evolucionario (Ecogender – (r)Evolutionary Demonstration).
The interventions were realized in collaboration with the social movement Lambda and the CSOA L’Horta in order to stress the vital and enriching importance of biological, sexual and ultural diversity. More information: A les Balconades and link to the video of Ecogender – (r)Evolucionary Demonstration
IMPURE in LONDON
We had a fabulous time in London (April/May 2017) presenting IMPURE in various events, such as the symposium ‘Power, Subcultures & Queer Stages’ organised by CUNTemporary Arts at Queen Mary University where We presented an overview of the Erreria (House of Bent) projects alongside Daniel Lismore, Jonny Woo and Malik Nashad Sharpe. The keynote lecture was by Dr. Shaun Cole, Associate Dean and Course Director at London College of Fashion. (photos by Loredana Denicola)
We also presented IMPURE at the mitical queer event Club Wotever at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern (photos by Orlando Myxx)
and the official booklaunch took place at The Glory with a show by Graham Bell Tornado. (photos 1,2,4 by Juliet Singer and photo 3 by Cristina Polop)
We also had the pleasure of hosting the participatory Nyky Heritage Coronation V as part of “Deep Trash: Royal Trash” event by CUNTemporary Arts at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club and crowning the public with our Trashy-Deluxe crowns specifically designed for the event. (photo by Orlando Myxx)
LA ERRERIA (House of Bent) in LONDON
On Thursday 27th of April we are taking part in the symposium ‘Power, Subcultures & Queer Stages’ organised by CUNTemporary Arts at Queen Mary University which “examines the relationship between sexual identity and style, camp and spectacle, cultural appropriation and genderfuck, live art and activism. Redressing the hierarchy between whatcounts as ‘high’ art and worthy of art historical inclusion, the symposium will be looking at the contemporary history of queer visibility and invisibility in public spaces, as well as current queer live art, club culture and drag performance. Throughout the presentations, we will explore the connections between the performance of sexuality and the performance of style, as well as how communities of affect, dissidence and resistance have been preserved and gained visibility through the creative expressions of those that constitute them.“
We ´ll be presenting our an overview of the Erreria (House of Bent) projects alongside Daniel Lismore, Jonny Woo and Malik Nashad Sharpe. The keynote lecture is by Dr. Shaun Cole, Associate Dean and Course Director at London College of Fashion.
Then on Saturday 29th of April we´ll be hosting a participatory queer Coronation (our Coronation n. 5, more info here about the Coronation Project) at the Deep Trash: Royal Trash event in East London’s Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. Deep Trash is a one night only exhibition-cum-performance-club-night featuring live performances, installations, artworks, visuals and videos.
Finally on Sunday 30th of April we´ll be doing the UK Launch of IMPURE, our high gloss coffee book for intellectuals and their admirers, at The Glory. It will be a fun event, featuring live performance and videos of our recent live actions and gender bending shows. Event info: www.facebook.com/events/1909604355918414/
NASTY WOMEN Exhibition in Cambridge
So glad to be part of the Nasty Women Exhibition in Cambridge. What a fantastic project!!!! £1,600 raised on opening night! More sold at the weekend. All funds raised by the sale of art will go to Cambridge Rape Crisis, Cambridge Women’s Aid and Corona House.
FESTIVAL for EQUALITY at VALENCIA´s UNIVERSITY
On the 30th of March Anna Maria participated with IMPURE in the round table discussion on feminist publications in the Universidad de Valencia as part of the Festival for Equality. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/965031833633206/
PERFORMANCE – INVISIBILIDADES – EASD – School of Art & Design
On the 8th March to celebrate International Women´s Day the EASD School of Art and Design in Valencia, has organised “Invisibilidades. Discurso en torno a la construcción de la identidad femenina” in collaboration with Rosa Sáez. Anna Maria Staiano proposed a participatory street action with her body-pieces and took part in the follow up presentation at the lecture hall of the school. More info: http://www.easdvalencia.com/construyendo-la-identidad-femenina/
EXHIBITION – WOMEN IN WORK – POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY of VALENCIA
Anna Maria is participating in the exhibition “Women in Work” which opens on the 7th of March at the UPV Universidad Politécnica de Valencia. More information: www.upv.es/entidades/ACU/noticia_988868c.html
FILM FESTIVAL – DONA´M CINE – BARCELLONA
The short film “Rompiendo el Techo de Cristal” (Shattering the Glass Ceiling) by Anna Maria Staiano in collaboration with ideadestroyingmuros has been selected in the finalists and it will be shown at the award ceremony of the Dona´m Cine competition on 3rd of March in Barcellona.
Presentations in Barcellona and Bilbao
In february we were on tour with the publication IMPURE, our shorts and performances.
- Saturday 17 February, 1pm audiovisual presentation in the bookshop La Canibaal,
Calle Nàpols, 314. www.lacanibal.net
- Sunday 18 February at 9pm with performance and catwalk show with Jennifer Picken, Graham Bell Tornado, Eva Pez, Manu es Manu, Toni Cordero, suprise guests and audience participation in Madame Jasmine, Rambla del Raval, 22. www.facebook.com/madamejasmine
BILBAO in collaboration with the LGTBQ film festival Zinegoak 2017. http://zinegoak.com
- Friday 24 febrero at 18 h – audiovisual presentación of IMPURE in the Hika Ateneo, Muelle Ibeni1. https://hikaateneo.eus/event-organizer/zinegoak
- Saturday 25 February at 21h screening of short films produced by the Erreria (House of Bent) such as Transexpace, Choose your God/ess (the Reflux), You Have Been Watched y Peepshow en Modesto Calle Barrenkale, 14. www.facebook.com/BarModesto in the ZINEGOAK LGTB FILM FESTIVAL.
- Sunday 26 february at 12 pm – Participatory performance and opening of the P.I.N.Q. Park Bilbao in Zorrozaurre. More info about the project: www.grahambelltornado.com/projects/pinq-park-
On 11 February, in Valencia, we took part in the fair of feminist female publishers “No Te Metas con Mi Prima” with the designer of IMPURE Judith Álvarez and the “Zorras Peligrosas” team.
Presentation and Debate “Art as a tool for Women Empowerment”
Anna Maria participated to the IV Edition of the International Festival Dona i Cinema – Mujer y Cine -Woman & Film with a presentation of her work and a panel discussion about “Art and Design as a tool for women empowerment” which took place in Valencia on 19/01/2017. More info: https://donaicinema.wordpress.com/2017/01/04/dialogos-19-01-11-h-sgae/
The short film “Rompiendo el Techo de Cristal” (Shattering the Glass Ceiling) by Anna Maria Staiano in collaboration with ideadestroyingmuros has been selected for the competition of shorts made by and about women, Dona´m Cine which runs from Dec 2016 till Feb, 2017. More info: http://www.donamcine.org/edicion2016/es/cortos-a-concurso.
Events / Exhibitions 2016
Presentation of the work of Anna Maria Staiano and María Trenor, followed by a debate about “Construction of Identity and Violence. The Importance od Designing with a Gendered Perspective” moderated by Rosa Sáez at the EASD School of Art and Design in Valencia, on the 25 noviembre 2016 . More info: http://www.easdvalencia.com/eventos/charla-rosa-saez/
Book presentation “Impure” by Anna Maria Staiano and La Erreria (House of Bent) in the literary festival SINDOKMA , saturday 19 November 2016 at the Ruzafa Gallery in Valencia with the participation of the writers Jose Ramón Alarcón and Jesús García Cívico (Ediciones Canibaal).
Press review of the Festival Sindokma in the newspaper “El Mundo”: http://www.elmundo.es/comunidad-valenciana/2016/11/17/582d755422601d5e238b4593.html
TRANSEXPACE – FILM
On 22nd of October, the work-in-progress English version of the short film “Transexpace” by Anna Maria Staiano was premiered in London at the event “Deep Trash from Outer Space” organised by CUNTemporary Arts which was attended by 600 people. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1136495816444057/
And the work-in-progress Spanish version of “Transexpace” was screened on the 27th of October in the event “Trans-Galactica” in the Intramurs Festival in Valencia. More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1201704256563302/
INTRAMURS 2016We took part in Intramurs with the expo “Trofeos” and the partecipatory action “Pussy Parade” at the gallery “Una Pagina en Blanco”. Mor info: http://www.intramurs.org/intramurs16/obras/trofeos/
Anna Maria´s body extensions and jewellery also were employed in the stage perfromance “Matadero Club” which took place on 21st of October at La Mesón de Morella in Valencia.
IMPURE – BOOK LAUNCH in Valencia
The book launch of IMPURE took place at teh Octubre Centre for Contemporary Culture on 18th of October with a presentation by Anna Maria Staiano and many collaborators to the project which was followed by a performance. For more information: http://www.octubre.cat/activ_fitxa.php?id_activitat=2649
Anna Maria Staiano took part in the Biennial Miradas de Mujer and Fem Tour Truck, a travelling festival of feminist video-art, with an audiovisual presentation of IMPURE, on 29th of September in Valencia and in the debate about “Art adn Gender”. More info: https://femtourtruck.wordpress.com/programacion/
LA SEXPLICITA & VALENCIA SEX FESTIVAL
We are participating in the Sexplicita and the Valencia Sex Festival with a workshop on the 13 and 17 of June 2016 with erotic body pieces from CorpoREacción.
We took part in the Festival Russafart from 27 to 29th of May in Valencia with Impure and the CorpoREacción Collection in colaboration with the artists and photographers: Toni Cordero, Alejandro Sánchez y Ana Wika.
The expo took place in the studio of William James, in Calle Denia 49. It includes video version of the photo-novel Transexpace – Galactic Revolt.and the original version of the CorpoREactive Fashion Show video and photos from the pubblication Impure.
CABANYAL INTIM 2016
The Corporeacción Fashion Show “Memento Mori: Remembrance and Remains” took place at the opening night party of the Cabanyal Intim Festival, in the Fábrica de Hielo, Valencia on 5th may 2016 with the performers Graham Bell Tornado, Jose Ramón Alarcón, Jennifer Picken, Eva Pez, Liz Dust, Mad Vicious and special appearances by Isabel Caballero and the photographer Toni Cordero.
The show was a modern Vanitas, representing the emptiness of all mortal things and the inevitability of death.
Fotos/Photos: Lori Land & Merche Medina
MELTING POINT 2016
The publication IMPURE was presented in IVAM, the Valencian Museum of Modern Art, on Saturday 23 April by Ángela Molina (Curator specialised in New Media Art) in conversation Anna Maria Staiano.
The presentation was preceded by the performance based on the photo-novel “Transexpace – Galactic Revolt” with Ábel Báguena, Graham Bell Tornado, Carolina Boluda, Eva Pez, Jennifer Picken and Isaac Torres.
Anna Maria Staiano also participated in three collective exhibitions on the Melting Point circuit – with Las Chicas del Tabliz in “XX” and “Vicios privados, virtudes públicas” (Private Sins, Public Virtues), and in the exhibition “Las Joyas del Corona“(The Jewels of the Crown) organised by the EASD in the Solar Corona.
More information: https://meltingpoint2016.wordpress.com/exposiciones/
Vernissage Exhibition “Vicios privados, virtudes públicas“ – Thursday 21 April 20.30h – 69
Vernissage Exhibition””Las Joyas del Corona” – Friday 22 April 14h – Solar Corona
Vernissage Exhibition “XX” – Friday 22 April 19:30h – Tresors Handmade
Presentation “IMPURE” & Performance “Transexspace” – Sat. 23 April 18.30 – IVAM
Exhibition “Remendar, Ocupar” – Festival Intramurs 2015
Anna Maria presented her Body Bags with corresponding photographs which question the essence and the representation of women in our society. The portraits were taken by the photographers Alejandro Sánchez, Carlos Valencia, Fabrizio Campisi y Toni Cordero; with the performers/models Atthis Bond, Eva Pez, Jennifer Picken, Marga DiCi and Mary Read.
A review of the expo by Karina Vagradova: http://www.vlcnoticias.com/a-proposito-de-intramurs-festival-per-lart-a-valencia/
(Spanish Text ) ¿Qué es una mujer? ¿Qué lugar ocupa? Son preguntas que estas tres artistas plantean, generando nuevas miradas y quehaceres artísticos. El trabajo con tejidos, la artesanía y las formas viscerales, orgánicas e irreverentes, son algunas de las características que aúnan su trabajo. Cubrir/descubrir, mostrar/ocultar, son algunos de los juegos semánticos que conversan entre sus obras. Aunque parecidas aportan diferentes puntos de vista y realidades femeninas, cambiando el concepto estereotipado de femineidad y su lugar en el mundo. En el contexto de Intramurs estas artistas quieren remendar un espacio marginado, olvidado y dañado por la indiferencia. La energía femenina, creadora y hacedora de vida, ocupará un espacio y le dotará de vigor. Pues esta energía creadora no reside únicamente en su capacidad de procreación de la especie, sino de parte desde el núcleo más profundo de su útero y abarca toda la existencia, siendo el Arte su mayor expresión. Este proyecto parte desde la intención de la recuperación de un espacio atrayendo al público hacía un lugar desconocido. La performance y el trabajo en espacio-tiempo compartidos son las claves de esta muestra. Alejarse de la exposición pasiva para entrar en el terreno de la vida y el pulsar de un barrio.
On the opening night Anna Maria Staiano presented the interactive performance ¨90-60-90? Life-Size!¨ with the audience participation and the assistence of Elena Smirnova and Dharma Correfoc who constructed pieces based on the body measuraments of female volunteers, A partecipatory action which criticises the cult of the ¨perfect body¨ and the prejudices and stereotypes of female beauty.
Photos of the vernissage by Asún Bonilla.
Anna Maria took part in the exhibition “En Tránsito/In Transit”, organised by the EASD at the Cervantes Institute in Munich, during Schmuck, the annual Munich International Jewellery Fair. There were presented her Body Bags which question the essence and the representation of women in our society and a series of photographs from the upcoming publication “Impure”.
Body Bag III snake skin: “Ceci n´est pas une pute. /Thiis is not a Tart” (2015) Exhibition “En Tránsito”, Cervantes Institute, Munich – Photo by Carlos Pastor
The exhibition “Space of Exception” at La Rambleta (Valencia) from 17th February to 1st of March 2015 presents works by the Mexican photographer Carlos Valencia and his photographs of the body extension “Re-Model“. Model: Manuel Garrido Peréz.
In the EASD fashion show on 19th December 2014, my extensions accompanied the eclectic circus dress by Sara Chacón and closed the fashion show with the amazing Victorian lace dress by Fidel David.
con la diseñadora Sara Chacón (a la derecha) y su modelo
The opening of the exhibition in 69 (www.sessantanove.es) was Saturday 8 November at 12pm, with the screening of the video “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” in collaboration with the collective “Ideadestroyingmuros” and followed by a public performance. The body pieces were used in a street procession starting from the venue 69 in which all women were invited to participate as heroines.
The street procession arrived to the party organised by the Festival Intramurs, in the Ideo Space. where the public was invited to try on the different body extensions to the sound of DJs and live music.
In this exhibition, Anna Maria Staiano presented her collection “Planet Woman: Jewels for Heroines” which highlights gender discrimination in the public and private sphere.
Her work is based on the design of body extensions, which explore gender, transformation, interaction and play. These performatic pieces can be used to cause unexpected changes in our sensorial experience and our symbolic imaginary.
The solo exhibition “CorpoREacción” was part of the international contemporary jewellery event Melting Point València. Joieria Contemporània 2014.
“CorpoREacción” is an ironic and surreal interpretation of the body and consists of recent work: outrageous body extensions, un/wearables, and playful performative pieces with a political message which aim to achieve changes in our sensory experience and challenge the gender stereotypes. The pieces embrace and juxtapose opposing elements such as domesticity and sexual unruliness.
The exhibition is divided into various sections: Experiments in Flexible Structures; Remembrance and Remains; Body Politics; Breast Matters; Hairy Pieces; Performance.
Most of the pieces are “ready-made assisted,” made out of everyday household objects, sponges and hair rollers combined with textiles, dolls eyes and human hair.
The exhibition included photographs by Toni Cordero in collaboration with the artists Jennifer Picken and Graham Bell Tornado.
Some of the pieces were only presented in photographic format and others were only to be seen in performance, since it didn´t make sense to display them without the body and /or the action that accompanies them. For this reason the exhibition was complemented by two special events:
– On the 10th of May the missing pieces of the collection were shown in action in the “Performance: CorpoREactive Show”. The show was full of surprises and counted with the special participation of MC Msieur Demodé (Doctor in Pataphysics), Jennifer Picken (Face of the Year of CorpoREacción), Graham Bell Tornado (B-Side of C.RE.A/Shaman Travestí), Eva Pez (Aphrodite Shibarita) and Rampova Kabaret (Performer Anar-Queer).
The show culminated with the presentation of the Tableau Vivant “Dynasty” in the contiguous exhibition space. The full version and a trailer of the “Live CorpoREactive Show” were produced by Ana Wika.
On the 17th of May, the writer and performer José Ramón Alarcón carried out an interactive presentation of the Video of the CorpoREactive Show.
Spin-off collaborative projects with the “CorpoREacción” pieces include the mixed-media publication “Impure” and the sci-fi photo-novel “Transexpace” to be released in 2016.
For more information:
Melting Point: http://meltingpoint2014.wordpress.com/exposiciones/
Toni Cordero: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tonicordero/sets/
Jennifer Picken: http://prefixpoly.com/
Graham Bell Tornado:www.grahambelltornado.com/
A solo exhibition “CorpoREacción” at Le Petit Canibaal and the group exhibition “Ars longa, Vita brevis” which took place from 5th to 10th of May at the Circulo de Bellas Artes in Calle Cadirers 5, Valencia. Vernissage with piano concert by Lucas Carbonell: Friday 9 May, 11:00 am. In “Ars longa, Vita brevis” I presented the collection “Planet Woman: Jewels for Heroines” featuring body extensions which highlight gender discrimination in the public and private sphere as well as the video “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” made in collaboration with the collective Ideadestroyingmuros. During the exhibition, the public has been invited to try on the “Planet Woman” body extensions.
Melting Point: http://meltingpoint2014.wordpress.com/exposiciones/
Ars Longa Vita Brevis: http://arslongavitabrevisjoyeria.blogspot.com.es/
Final Degree Presentation, 2013
At last the big day arrived, the public lecture and presentation of the Final Degree Project at the EASD, the Superior Art & Design School in Valencia, April 2013.
Photographs courtesy of the blog Joves Joiers.More info: http://jovesjoiers.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/lectura-publica-proyecto-final-2013.html
My collection “Planet Woman: Jewels for Heroines” was featured in the group exhibition “Conspiración” at the Cervantes Institute in Munich in March 2013 alongside the video “Shattering the Glass Ceiling” produced in collaboration with the transfeminist art collective Ideadestoyingmuros.