Claudia Bernal, Chamanika Urbana 7a*11d 2006 PHOTO Dave Kemp
Thursday October 19 8 pm
Saturday October 21 8 pm
Chamanika Urbana is a video installation and performance inspired by images of a contemporary shaman taken in Mexico City. In the videographic space, a hand-to-hand ritual with the shaman takes place, while in the exhibition space, marginality and insulation break off while I connect with others in a ritual of community. Through this artwork, the body celebrates life, death and transformation, leading us to think not only about the consequences of globalization on native cultures in Latin America, but as well on syncretism and the place culture and art occupy in contemporary society.
Claudia Bernal has developed a personal approach focused on the fragmentation of urban space and its impact on society and culture. The concepts of movement, migration, space, identity, are recurrent in her artworks. She has presented both collective and solo exhibitions in Canada, Québec, Colombia, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico and Germany. Claudia Bernal lives and works in Montréal.
Claudia Bernal, Chamanika Urbana 7a*11d 2006 ©Claudia Bernal
Claudia Bernal interviewed by Tanya Mars, Toronto 2006