• Artwork In Focus Cecilia Brunson Projects presents Artwork in Focus, an online series shining a spotlight on key artworks from...

    Artwork In Focus


     

     
    Cecilia Brunson Projects presents Artwork in Focus, an online series shining a spotlight on key artworks from our gallery artists. 
     
    For this Artwork In Focus, we are pleased to present Sandra Monterroso's mixed media work, Tu Ashé Yemanya. 
     
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  • Image: Monterroso cleansing the coconuts near Havana habour the day after full moon Created by the same process, Tu Ashé...

    Image: Monterroso cleansing the coconuts near Havana habour the day after full moon


     

    Created by the same process, Tu Ashé Yemanya was made in parallel to the larger work Monterroso produced for the 2015 Havana Biennial, Pulsera para Yemanya [Bracelet for Yemanya]. 
     
    For the Havana Biennial, Monterroso - whose intention was to work with the theme of water - worked alongside a Guía Santero (a spiritual guide) and the local Cuban community to produce Pulsera para Yemanya.
  • Image: Hanging Pulsera para Yemanya from a tree during the period of the biennial Pulsera para Yemanya comprises of three...

    Image: Hanging Pulsera para Yemanya from a tree during the period of the biennial


     

    Pulsera para Yemanya comprises of three hundred and thirty six polished coconuts, dyed feathers and marine snails which were blessed and tied together to create a ritual bracelet to Yemanya, the mother-goddess of the ocean in the Yorùbá religion.

    Brought to Cuba from Africa by the slave trade, the anicent Yorùbá religion is a unique blend of indigenous beliefs, myths and legends, proverbs, and songs, all influenced by the cultural and social contexts of Western Africa.
  • Image: Offering Pulsera para Yemanya to the ocean godess, Yemanya, in Havana habour Following the Yorùbá traditional ritual sequence, Pulsera...

    Image: Offering Pulsera para Yemanya  to the ocean godess, Yemanya, in Havana habour


     

    Following the Yorùbá traditional ritual sequence, Pulsera para Yemaya was hung from a tree for the duration of the Biennial before being cast into the sea by Monterroso and members of the Havana community.

    In reconsidering these indigenous religious rituals through her art practice, Monterroso brings deep-rooted indigenous culture and belief out of the margins and into the contemporary canon.
     
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    Video by Eva Herzog


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