CUERPO Workshops: Exercises in Radical Presence

February 13 & 14, 3-5pm, 2020

In conjunction with the exhibition Re/search Re/surgence by Guadalupe Martinez and Olivia Whetung, Martinez is offering two movement workshops that are free and open to the public.

The workshops will explore notions of somatic and spiritual activism during sessions that combine performance art, spiritual traditions of meditation and body awareness with principles from therapeutic practices such as person cantered expressive arts, authentic movement, Alexander technique and eutony.

The process does not propose a unique objective or result, other than learning ways to explore forms of radical presence, a form of sensorial awareness and embodied research that may transform individual and collective experiences of everyday life.

CUERPO is an ongoing research process that places the body at the centre of knowing and enquires how it may exist within the very function of artistic production and its learning process.

Thursday, February 13, 3-5pm
Friday, February 14, 3-5pm

The workshops will include intimate sessions (with 4-8 people).
No previous experience is required. All bodies are welcome.
Bring warm comfortable clothes, water and a snack.

Sign up and confirm your registration by emailing your name, contact phone and email to or@orgallery.org with the subject line: CUERPO


Conceived by Guadalupe Martinez in 2017, CUERPO is an ongoing research process and methodology where Martinez’s artistic and teaching practices intertwine and intervene public and private spaces. This practice brings together her experience in performance art and somatic training in order to approach embodied learning as a critical space to transform conventional systems of art production and education. It is a holistic process of decolonizing the body and the self, as well as a conscious way to occupy the often-disembodied spaces of academia and art institutions, allowing for a more expansive space to integrate and share knowledge. Martinez sees this project both as an artwork and as a shared process that will bring care, awareness and healing to the relationships within the participating communities. A search for a practice where embodiment and spiritual activism may intersect. CUERPO is often integrated by a fluid group of young artists and guest mentors.

Guadalupe Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist and educator interested in understanding the complex relationships between place and identity. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she immigrated to Vancouver at age 28, where she lives and works on the unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.

Placing the body at the centre of her practice, Martinez’ work often takes the form of installation, performance, and collaborative research with a deep consideration for her personal and inherited histories. Through somatic practices and collaboration Martinez creates alternative spaces of learning and explores the potential for embodied research and love-actions to heal and decolonize the body-mind. Her commitment to spirituality, teaching, and political awareness underlies the development of her work in diverse contexts and she has presented work in Canada, the US, Italy, Mexico and Argentina.

Image: Cuerpo, FUENTE. Photo by Luciana Freire D’Anunciaçao.

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