Ciclo

Ciclo

Ciclo Grand Rapids will explore how we relate with our surroundings, and then temporarily activate the public space providing new narrative and memory. Ciclo GR will focus on creating awareness in gender inequality in city rights. We want to explore different ways to transit the city, under the premise that public spaces englobe invisible prohibitions and neglections for women´s activities, resulting in social practices that deny the equality in use and transit with a negative impact in the symbolic, cultural and recreative use we give to urban life. Mexican  muralist Paola Beck will create a site-specific installation in the format of large scale collage with local content. By making the feminine narratives visible as a symbolic gesture, the living process of creating this installation can be a powerful and effective method in changing the idea that the natural space for women to be is in private. Laura Reséndiz (Art historian) is known for her involvement in the processes of art production in order to create aesthetic experiences in public spaces to create dialogues with social practice content, make them available to all audiences and provoke critical thinking and participation. She firmly believes that Art as an educational and well driven tool can create positive urban-emotional transformations. Paola Beck (Artist) is best known for her social practice where she aims to change negative social dynamics through public space transformation with community participation. Her large scale mural paintings demonstrate her concern in creating positive messages with significant content. Sofía Deveaux (Sociologist) has been focused on research of cultural and social projects for development in contexts of violence, discrimination and / or poverty. She works towards changing the concept of being recipients of our history and promotes active participation in creating it by narrating, producing and sharing knowledge with corporal and qualitative methodologies.

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About Ciclo

Ciclo is a collaborative project that seeks to develop or create new dialogues between public spaces and their inhabitants with site-specific art installations.  By integrating a diverse audience and promoting social encounters, our social practice has the intent to create aesthetic experiences that will lead towards critical thinking.