JUNE 3 and Beyond!
Le Petit Versailles is a NYC public community garden in the East Village that presents a season of events including art exhibitions, music, film/video, performance, theater, workshops and community projects from May - October. LPV is a project of Allied Productions, Inc., a non profit arts organization. http://www.alliedproductions.org
"Lavender Lake" Zara Messano
Using the inherently didactic overhead projector, images created from inks on acetate and cut-out paper silhouettes are projected to tell a story. The story retells and manipulates a combination of myths from diverse cultural origins to subvert sexist tales of creation and instead give agency to female characters in mythical narratives. This tale follows the a woman who is repeatedly raped by a man in varying bestial forms and escapes by cutting herself into three pieces, which become three identical sisters. These girls live by a lake dyed lavender with blood, whose tears grow mutant trees and who have visions of a visceral future. By the end, a spider appears but is killed in one slap--a reversal of the fleeing woman from the story's start. Along with these images music/ambient sounds play, and the audience tells the story aurally through visually prompted cards. Thus, we are all in the story together.BIO:Zara Messano is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, projection, film/video, installation and printmaking to create works that challenge narrative conventions and social assumptions about the lives and presentations of women. She attends Sarah Lawrence College, concentrating in film history, visual arts and women's history; BA expected 2009. She has exhibited at Sarah Lawrence College and Monster Island in Brooklyn, NY, and is the co-founder and co-editor of Taffy Hips Magazine, which publishes comics, art and interviews with artists. She currently lives and works in New York, NY.