MOCA WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATION
Friday, December 21, 8pm-11pm
In lieu of our monthly THIRD THURSDAYS, MOCA Tucson is hosting a closing party for “Blessed Be: Mysticism, Spirituality, and the Occult in Contemporary Art”. This large community event will feature indoor and outdoor performances and art installations, video screenings and projections, hands-on artmaking activities, tarot readings, music, and a bonfire on the plaza. A cash bar will be available and food trucks will be on site. Performances throughout the evening by Adam Cooper-Terán, Vabianna Santos, Nazafarin Lotfi, and Angèle Lebert. The event will also include special screenings of Kenneth Anger’s “Invocation of My Demon Brother” and “Lucifer Rising”.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS:
Adam Cooper-Terán (Tucson) has garnered praise for his multidisplinary art and music practice from the MAP Fund, NEA, National Hispanic Cultural Center, and International Sonoran Desert Alliance. A self-described psychonaut, Adam’s majik becomes a strange mutation of technology and organics, through the scanning of bodily fluids, bones, and other ephemera collected from the Sonoran Desert.
Vabianna Santos’ (San Diego) interdisciplinary work is populated by sudden transformations, interwoven gender, mischievously updated metaphysical themes and encounters pushed out to the unthinkable. S(he) is interested in demonstrating how we live in our bodies is a vital source of knowledge. Santos has exhibited and performed at MOCA North Miami, MOCA Los Angeles, Vox Populi Philadelphia, and Headlands Center for the Arts.
Nazafarin Lotfi (Tucson) received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her BA from the University of Tehran in 2007. Lotfi’s practice explores interior and negative spaces and their implications for subjectivity, experience, and identity. She examines representation of space in connection with time, weight, balance, collapse, and the dialectics of inside and outside.
Angèle Lebert (Tempe) is a French artist whose work is inspired by her intimate and sexual life as a woman. Between solitude and encounters with men, her work is an emotional and interpersonal account of a contemporary woman’s life.