On January 27-29, 2012, Yara Arts Group and the Ukrainian Institute of America will present Re-Imagine: Ourselves A Festival of New Art, Music, Performance, Poetry, and Video. The festival, which will include an art exhibit, readings by poets, performances by Yara actors, as well as music, will take place at the Ukrainian Institute of America, 2 East 79th Street at Fifth Avenue in New York City.
By Yara’s invitation twenty artists — have created new, exciting art and installations inspired by the theme Re-Imagine: Ourselves. They have considered what the theme means to them as individuals, as artists and as a community. The art exhibit is curated by Andrea Wenglowskyj and Virlana Tkacz and includes artists who previously took part in Yara’s festivals such as: Roman Hrab, Petro Hrytsyk, Peter Ihnat, Olga Maryschuk, Margaret Morton, Anna Sydorenko/Serhiy Yakunin and Marybeth Ward, as well as many new ones such as Roberto Ekholm, June Kim, Sky Kim, Emeralda Kosmatopoulos, Karissa Lang, Soo Im Lee, Macacas Productions, David Maione, Serge Matsko, Christina Shmigel, Kateryna Svirgunenko and Hiba Schahbaz.
A special feature this year is the focus on video art with brief works from artists such as Laura Arena, Lani Asuncion, Katya Grokhovsky, Maria Niro, Laurence Payot, Hidemi Takagi, Tahir Un and Ezra Wube, as well as Yara video artists: Volodymyr Klyuzko, Andrea Odezynska and Mikhail Shraga.
The art exhibit will open on Friday, January 27, at 8 PM with performances on the move. The audience will be guided through the three floors of the mansion into rooms which will fill with poetry and dance as they enter. Olena Jennings, Wanda Phipps, Candece Tarpley and Christina Lillian Turczyn will read their own works, while Bob Holman performs with Julian Kytasty and Sophia Holman performs her piece with Tom Eliot. Other performers include cellist Paul Brantley, dancer Inka Juslin, and performance artist Teng Chao-Ming. Afterwards guests may enjoy a wine and cheese reception with the artists.
For more information visit http://www.brama.com/yara/re-imagine-uia-press.html