Access your creative center with artist Monika Bravo!

Filmmaker, Photographer, and Video Installation Artist

Monika Bravo

Breathingwall, 2011

What: Monika Bravo Lecture
Where: Tipton Hall
When: 6pm Tuesday, October 11
How Much: $10 general | $5 students/seniors

What: Monika Bravo Reception & Dance Party
Where: SFAI
When: 7:30-9pm Tuesday, October 11
How Much: FREE!

What: The Well, a Workshop with Monika Bravo
Where: SFAI
When: 10am – 4pm Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9
How Much: $200 – sliding scale fee and work trade options available

What: 9/11, Ten Years Later Short Film Screenings
Where: SFAI Building Exterior
When: 7pm-7am (dusk to dawn) M-F, September 9 – September 30
How Much: FREE!

What: Monika Bravo & Greg Sholette Exhibition
Where: SFAI
When: Exhibition 9am-5pm M-F, September 9 – October 31
How Much: FREE!

The Santa Fe Art Institute and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design are pleased to present filmmaker, photographer, and video installation artist, Monika Bravo, to give a lecture she calls, Process and Intuition on Tuesday, October 11, 2011. Bravo will talk about her work and her ideas of perception, (in)tangibility, and illusion and how they shape our minds. Bravo will explore, step-by-step, ideas of process and intuition by showing samples of how several works have come into fruition – from early hunches to final documentation of the pieces. Bravo will also offer a two-day workshop called The Well, where she will help participants hone their own creative processes.

About Monika Bravo:
Filmmaker, Photographer, and Installation Artist, Monika Bravo, was born in Bogota, Colombia in 1964. Since 1994 she has been living and working in Brooklyn, NY. In her work, she utilizes imagery, sound, industrial materials, and technology to create illusions of recognizable landscapes and environments that examine the notion of space/time as a measure of reality. Her films, video installations and photographic work have been widely shown, recent solo shows include venues like Ciocca Arte Contemporanea in Milan, SITE Santa Fe in New Mexico, Mullerdechiara, Berlin and Dechiaragallery, NY, Tyler Gallery at Temple University in Philadelphia, and Lehman Gallery at Lehman College in the Bronx. She has participated in numerous group shows at venues that include The New Museum of Contemporary Art and El Museo del Barrio in NY, Untitled Space in New Haven CT, Santa Fe Art Institute in New Mexico, Sala RG in Caracas, Museo de las Americas in San Juan de Puerto Rico, AboutStudio/AboutCafe in Bangkok and Espacio La Rebeca in Bogota. She is a recipient of the Electronic Media & Film Award from the New York State Council on the Arts, both in 2000 & 2002 and has been part of art-in-residency programs at the Santa Fe Art Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the LMCC World Views at the World Trade Center in New York City.

Bravo works with ideas of the tangible and the intangible, examining the notion of perception by questioning whether the world we live in, is but a mental construction. Her artistic practice is used as a tool to decipher her own existence during its process for she believes that people and events are hieroglyphs to be decoded. By using technology, she creates devices and/or situations where she can question her physicality in relationship to the mental, emotional and spiritual fields. You can learn more about Monika Bravo at her website

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BREATHING_WALL_LAX video wall commission 2005-2011 from monika bravo on Vimeo.

About Bravo’s Workshop, The Well:
Wisdom that is not put into practical use is meaningless. The well supplies replenishment but is never exhausted, water in a stream is a gift of nature, water in a well results from the accomplishments of human beings, all the underground streams are there, but without digging the water is wasted.
-I Ching hexagram #48

THE WELL: A guide to the practice of observation and how to get in touch with the source of your own creativity.

Monika Bravo’s workshop, The Well, is designed for anyone in the community – artists and non artists alike (mothers, housewives, artists, photographers, writers, all are welcome). The workshop will expand upon the lecture’s theme of process and intuition and will explore, in depth, the process Bravo uses as an artist to create her work. She will teach you a set of exercises that, if practiced with certain frequency, will help you develop your own personal creative tools.

9/11, Ten Years Later Short Film Screenings:
Projected onto exterior walls of the SFAI from sundown to sunrise Monday-Friday 9/9 through the end of September:

September 10, 2011 by Monika Bravo
Nine Bend Stream by Carter Hodgkin
Falling by Griminesca Amoros
Washing by Jenny Perlin

Carter Hodgkin, Grimanesa Amoros, Jenny Perlin, and Monika Bravo all came to the Santa Fe Art Institute as Emergency Relief residents following the events of 9/11. Their videos will screen on the outside wall of SFAI’s entrance nightly, M-F from 7pm-7am, through September 30.

Made in 2009, the drawing animations of Nine Bend Stream by Carter Hodgkin, were inspired by the Korean landscape painting, “The Nine Bend Stream of Mt. Wuyi.” The animations explore instability and uncertainty, alluding to the behavior of atomic particles and emotional states of tumult, tension, and unease.

Grimanesa Amoros’ video describes the work she made while in residence at SFAI. A series of encaustic panels entitled, Falling, depicts the papers, building fragments, debris, and people that Amoros witnessed falling from the World Trade Towers.

Jenny Perlin used 16mm film for her 2002 video, Washing, which focuses on the empty skyline of Lower Manhattan, where the Trade Towers once stood. Perlin uses a simple gesture to comment on frivolous attempts to wash away collective memory and trauma.

Monika Bravo’s video, September 10, 2001, uno nunca muere la vispera, was filmed from her World Trade Center residency studio which sat on the 92nd floor of the north tower. She left late that night, grabbing her videotape that captured the storm on what would be the last night the towers stood. She edited the footage while in residence at SFAI; the work is dedicated to the memory of Michael Richards, a fellow artist in residence at the World Trade Center who lost his life on 9/11.

Also playing at SFAI during open hours are 800 Steps Apart by Brooke Singer and Brian Rigney Hubbard which depicts the contradictory approaches during post 9/11 cleanup, and the documentary The Second Day by fourteen-year old Brook Peters, whose second day of kindergarten was on September 11, 2001.

About Half Life: Patterns of Change:
Cycles of Creation, Decay, and Renewal in Art and Life
When an object or system stops performing its assigned function in contemporary society, we tend to replace it rather than repair it. However, artists redefine useless as useful by creating a new life for objects, and that renewed life alters the role of these objects entirely. Artists work similar magic with degraded landscapes, blighted neighborhoods, and other systems—infusing them with new purpose and expanding the potential for positive change. Ideally, this change is accomplished with the participation of the surrounding communities—transforming not only objects and systems, but also the communities themselves.

About the SFAI:
Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute’s mission is to promote art as a positive social force — both in our community and around the world — and to highlight art as a powerful tool for facilitating dialogue, bridging perspectives, and evoking visions of a better future.

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