Celia Vasquez Yui Exhibition

Salon 94 (3 E 89th St.)

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Celia Vasquez Yui creates hand-formed ceramic vessels and zoomorphic sculptures that allude to a spiritual understanding of ecology, according to which a feature of all beings includes a mother spirit. Therefore, the compilation of a bestiary is not just a compendium of endangered species or a cry against their vanishing, but rather an invocation of their spirits, a call for them to come and hold space and perhaps confront the human gaze.

For her first solo exhibition at Salon 94, Celia Vasquez Yui presents The Council of the Mother Spirits of the Animals, a large installation composed of more than fifty ceramic sculptures displayed on a platform that resembles the amphitheater of a parliamentary chamber, pointing to forms of nonhuman communication and the rights of nature.

An artistic collaboration with the Shipibo-Conibo Center, the exhibition is accompanied by a soundscape captured during a special ayahuasca ceremony conducted in the Peruvian Amazon by members of the Shipibo Union of Ancestral Healers, Asomashk. An experiment in nonlinguistic exchange that can act as a sensory interface between humans and non-humans, the healing invocations and chants were not intended to treat humans, but rather to interact with the sound-spirits of the jungle at night—birdcalls, chirps, roars, hisses, snorts, and squeaks—in an effort to focus ceremonial intention and attention on nature, itself a dying patient.



from January 19, 2022 to March 26, 2022

Opening Reception on 2022-01-19 from 18:00 to 20:00

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