My mother, Helen Marie Jacobs was born in 1938 in Robinson County, North Carolina. Her roots are Native American with the Lumbee Indians. Lumbee Indians are the largest Native American tribe unrecognized by the United States Government. She took with her; her history, her stories, and her understandings of her life and of a people unknown.
Learning How to Fly is a project in self-discovery of my roots. After years of moving endlessly, in many different places around the world, I learned something quite valuable, in the land of my father’s father. I was on a holiday in Sicily, celebrating a very special birthday. I learned without knowledge of your roots, you can’t learn how to fly. Since then my life’s desire is to learn how to fly.
This website is documentation on growing roots. Connecting with my ancestors spiritually, emotionally and physically. Through reflecting, researching, writing, designing, exploring and doing. Whilst living in the most beautiful, natural, isolated places in the world, Iceland and Greenland.
This project marks a new beginning in acceptance of who I am and where I come from. I am my mother’s daughter.
“Standing on no man’s lands a small strip of land between Israel and Jordan. I took some moments here to feel the pavement under my feet, a safe haven from feeling like a criminal in Israel and from the anxiety of entering back into Jordan, a country I had no intent staying in for the next 5 weeks.”
I was interviewed by reporter Hrag Vartaniar with Hyperallergic, an online news site which is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today. I had an opportunity to speak about my experience trying to enter into Israel on March 22, 2015. I was detained and questioned for 6 hours at Yitzhak Rabin Border checkpoint between Aqaba, Jordan, and Eilat, Israel
I have been a been a busy bee this spring giving my design studio DE-CONSTRUKT web site a new look and added some more content including a section called ‘Featured Client’ which highlights the methods and the processes of a project including information about the client, concepts, mocks ups and photos taken on site. This new look also includes a new artistic arm called DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] a mobile project space developing projects around the world with visual and performing artists and innovative, visionary thinkers. We also announce a new location in Prague, Czech Republic.
I am very excited with this new endeavor and is in the midst of preparation for the onslaught of events in June with the arrival of Icelandic artist Hulda Ros Guðnadóttir from Berlin and Harriet Plewis from England, a dinner series to be announced in partnership with Brooklyn artist, Kate Murray and an event at the Waterfront Museum here in Red Hook.
Check out the redesigned DE-CONSTRUKT site and the newly announced DE-CONSTRUKT [projekts] site and sign up for the newsletter to keep up to date on upcoming events, exhibitions and artist opportunities.
I am currently a featured artist in a group show titled “Prolonged Exposure” at the Invisible Dog Art Center in Brooklyn, New York. Recession arts published a short interview discussing my work, my process and motivation.
Prolonged Exposure explores boredom and restlessness as charged affects, suspended between detachment and agitation, inertia and change. Works in the exhibition respond to potentially paralyzing states of waiting, idleness, distraction, and fatigue, seeking to overhaul viewers’ sensory and interpretive habits and engender new modes of attention. This exhibition is on view November 3-10, 2012. For more information visit http://recessionartshows.com/exhibitions/current/.
I successfully raised $845 for the International Artist Workshop in Palestine. I sincerely thank each and everyone of you for your donation and look forward to sharing with you individually results of this amazing experience.
Iulia O. Toacaci