Ako Castuera

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Ako Castuera

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Ako Castuera’s sculptures combine seemingly disparate elements into interwoven, hybrid forms that call into question the hierarchies around which human life is ordered. The shapes and surfaces in her work recall animals, natural phenomena and the broad miscellany of human life, while deeply familiar, their arrangement subverts the framework in which their familiarity was established. This work offers views into a world of fluid borders in which intangible connections between living/dead, animate/inanimate, place, self and other are expressed in the material language of clay, fiber, and mixed media.

Ako Castuera is a Southern California native also known for her work as a storyboard artist and writer on animated television shows such as ‘Adventure Time’, for which she received a Peabody Award in 2015 as a member of the story team. She has sustained a concurrent independent art practice, exhibiting in galleries in the U.S. as well as the Oakland Art Museum, the Japanese American Museum, the Honolulu Museum, the Smithsonian Asian Latino Pop-up Museum and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

During her stay at VAR, Ako will pursue a thematic continuation of her recent body of work, “Temple of the Worms” an offering of thanks to the soil from which clay, her primary material, is drawn.  Ceramic fragments made over the course of the last 5 years will be reimagined as seeds to be planted in other mediums, such as drawings and textile projects. The proximity to Angel island, where two of Ako’s great-grandparents were processed and detained as immigrants from Okinawa will inform the idea of planting seeds in overlapping cultural, geographical, and biological ground.

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Maria Torres Subira Returning Artist

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Maria Torres Subira Returning Artist

María Torres is a visual artist living between Berlin and Almería. She studied painting at the Kunsthochschule Berlin-Weissensee and is currently settling down in an intentional community in the south of Spain.   

Her latest works in drawing, painting and video explore the notion of harmony in connecting contemporary art form with ancient tradition. Through use of surreal imaginary her work captures attention and triggers contemplation and exploration. Spirituality, nature and the feminine are at the center of her work.

During her residency time at the VAR program, María Torres will develop a series of images inspired by the time spent with the nomadic cultures of Mongolia, where their spiritual beliefs and down to earth forms of art had a big impact on her view of art making and crafts, placing creativity as a source for ritual


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Fabiana Burr

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Fabiana Burr

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Fabiana Burr is a video and sound artist, with a focus on mystical perceptions and improvisational performances.

Composing real-time art with the use of ceremonial drums and ancestral voice cultivation techniques.

She currently works on experimental raw collages from her travels, to navigate into the poetics of the human mind, body and spirit. Mapping intimate and fragmented memories into lucid soundscapes.

Fabiana is the author of Silent Dust, a contemplative-ritualistic dance performed during Burning Man 2017. The piece reflects on the deepest aspects of the human experience.

Her short film Lost in the Dust, has been presented at the Mexico Fashion Film Festival as part of the official selection.
During the Varda residency, Fabiana will focus on designing spatial sound and light installations to compose real-time performances of generative music. Inviting the participants to become the artist, while being surrounded by Cymatic patterns of water-light reflections. At the same time, she plans to adapt selected poems into sound and movement meditative rituals.

https://www.alagua.mx/art/




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