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Look Out for the Big 2021 AnkhLave Garden Project Fellows' Public Art unveiling on June 18th!
Join us from 1pm-5pm as the artists (Renluka Maharaj, Moses Ros, Dennis Redmoon Darkeem, Christy Bencosme, Martin Calvino) Install their work live at the Queens Botanical Garden, present informal artist talks and engage with the public leading up to a live ballet performance in tandem with a sculpture by Graciela Cassel.  
AnkhLave Artist in Resident Yvonne Shortt's sculpture unveiled at Kingsland Wildflowers.
Check out AnkhLave Artist in Resident, Yvonne Shortt’s work on the roof of Kingsland Wildflowers! 

Shortt says: "If you look very closely you’ll see a girl sitting patiently amongst the wildflowers observing all around her: Observing the overflow valve signaling for water to bypass being cleaned before going in the creek, the wildflowers growing on a green roof to help with water absorption and air purification, volunteers taking samples of the water which has suffered decades of oil spills... She sits observing. She will share all she sees with Queens College as she travels there atop an Afro pick as part of my public art series outdoors.  The piece was inspired by my AnkhLave Artist Residency I did April-May. It was a real learning experience in many ways."

Big thanks to the Yvonne Shortt as well as the Kingsland Wildflowers, Newtown Creek Alliance, NOosphere Arts and Broadway Stages for your support throughout the duration of the AnkhLave Residency, and a special thank you to Can'd Aid, which provided funding for this project. The official unveiling of the Yvonne's work took place Sunday, June 6th at the NOosphere 10th Anniversary Celebration. This work will remain up through the end of the summer.
Here's a look at some of what happened in May, and whats to come this summer from our artists:
In Memory Of... Collaborative Public work for Art in Odd Places (AiOP) Festival

Angela Miskis and Akemi Takeda and Dario Mohr presented a collaborative installation for the Art in Odd Places festival, tat took place at the vacant lot on 14th st between 6th and 7th next to Art of Our Century Gallery (137 W 14th st, New York, NY, 10011) . This installation is reflecting how different cultures process ideas of loss through veneration by creating memorials. This work is inspired by Miskis' new painting series "Converting Fear Into Energy," Akemi's reflections on the pandemic, the Black Lives Matter protests in 2020 and the AAIP experience regarding equity.  Dario's contribution will be inspired in part by his 2021 solo show at MFTA titled “Archetypes: A Visual Soundtrack”. With each artist representing a different marginalized group in the US, they present "In Memory Of..." as a collective acknowledgement of a human experience that unites us all. This is an AnkhLave Arts Alliance submission.

Our allyship in creating this work will coincide with an exhibit curated by Katerina Levantis and Ali Haselbeck at the Art of Our Century Gallery, highlighting AAPI artists for AAPI heritage month.  This exhibit is also in response to the political climate effecting AAPI communities today, and will feature AnkhLave Artists Kayo Shido and Akemi Takeda.

The 2021 AnkhLave Garden Project Fellow's Materials For The Arts visit for the June 18th AnkhLave Garden Project Installations at the Queens Botanical Garden.
In honor of Pride month, we are highlighting LGBTQ artists. Featured artists include:
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The AnkhLave Garden Project Fellows' Installations are on view at the Queens Botanical Garden (See map below) until September 12th! These installations were made possible with funding from Queens Art Fund and Can'd Aid.  In addition to these sculptures, Graciela Cassel will present her public work on July 13th at 1pm!
Moses Ros: "Fruits of the Spirit"
“Fruits of the Spirit” is an installation consisting of three art banners along the Garden’s Oak Allée. Inspired by Love, Joy, and Peace. They create a graceful and festive atmosphere.
Christy Bencosme: “Llegó La Luz”
Llegó La Luz is a reflection of being a child of immigrants and coming from generational poverty. Translating to “the light has arrived”, the title echoes a phrase exclaimed in The Dominican Republic once electricity returns from the commonly experienced power outages. Honoring working-class immigrants, including the artist’s parents, this sculpture can be activated by viewers through touch, sound and sight. Through this activation, children of immigrants are reminded that their plight of resilience embodies the light manifested by their ancestors and the essentiality of immigrant families in Queens and beyond.
Dennis Redmoon Darkeem: “Keepers of the Four Winds”
These four sculptures are painted in the medicine wheel colors White, Red, Black & Yellow. To honor the elements of nature and the colors of mankind. The symbolisms in these sculptures are connected to symbols found in indigenous mounds in Native communities along the East Coast and Central America. These symbols tell stories of what was present at that time.
Graciela Cassel: "Traveling Musical Water Fountains"
At the June unveiling of the AnkhLave Garden Project, Graciela Cassel collaborated with LIC Ballet to present a participatory performance around her fountain sculptures.  She will present her official public work on July 13th.
Renluka Maharaj: "Mast/Heads"

Trunks sow secated bodies,
Trees and sails whisper in leaves.

We were shipped and whipped,
Never forsaking brutal realities.

We adapted roots to routes,
Sap to the widening gap
Between butterflies and bees.

In the fields, sugar was bitter,
Airing the sheer brutality
Of dawn’s broken lullabies.

On the branches of exilic brutality,
See, we leave our photography.
On the face of pistils and tendrils,
Never as endless accounts of perils
And hateful narratives.

See our mast/head, it tells you
How we opened routes to fertile roots…

It bears our name plate, our template,
Our fate when our heads met masts
Over the seas of erased pasts.

Between masts and masks,
See our faces o unknown passenger,
Read the trunk and behold History!
Our eyes are still sailing in eternity…

– Friend & Poet: Khal Torabully, Founder of Coolitude, the inclusive methodology of indenture

AnkhLave Artist in Resident Yvonne Shortt's sculpture unveiled at Kingsland Wildflowers.
Check out AnkhLave Artist in Resident, Yvonne Shortt’s work on the roof of Kingsland Wildflowers! 

Shortt says: "If you look very closely you’ll see a girl sitting patiently amongst the wildflowers observing all around her: Observing the overflow valve signaling for water to bypass being cleaned before going in the creek, the wildflowers growing on a green roof to help with water absorption and air purification, volunteers taking samples of the water which has suffered decades of oil spills... She sits observing. She will share all she sees with Queens College as she travels there atop an Afro pick as part of my public art series outdoors.  The piece was inspired by my AnkhLave Artist Residency I did April-May. It was a real learning experience in many ways."

Big thanks to the Yvonne Shortt as well as the
Kingsland Wildflowers, Newtown Creek Alliance, NOosphere Arts and Broadway Stages for your support throughout the duration of the AnkhLave Residency, and a special thank you to Can'd Aid, which provided funding for this project. The official unveiling of the Yvonne's work took place Sunday, June 6th at the NOosphere 10th Anniversary Celebration. This work will remain up through the end of the summer.
Donate Now!
We accept tax through the PayPal button, which can be found on our website: www.AnkhLave.org
Black Lives Matter
AnkhLave Indigenous Land Acknowledgement
We support Black Lives Matter. You can view our Indigenous Land Acknowledgement here:
Land Acknowledgement
Website
Email
Instagram
Facebook
LinkedIn
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