MFA Alumna Vabianna Santos Featured in 'BLESSED BE'
A NIGHT OF OCCULT PERFORMANCES
Friday March 24th // 7-10PM
Admission: General - $10, Member - Free
Celebrating performance and programming throughout the year focused on the occult, mysticism, and the unknown, San Diego Art Institute will once again put the “cult” in “culture”. This event will feature new performances by Amanda Yates Garcia (The Oracle of Los Angeles), Molly Jo Shea, and Vabianna Santos, exploring themes as diverse as internet scams and hypnotism, goddesses of civilization, and the sacred and profane. The night will culminate with a musical performance by Blood Ponies.
About the performers:
Amanda Yates Garcia is an artist, writer, witch, healer and the Oracle of Los Angeles. Recent performance rituals include Capitalism Exorcism at Human Resources and Devouring Patriarchy at the Women’s Center for Creative Work. Other venues to feature her work include the Hammer Museum, Side Street Projects, REDCAT, Public Fiction, and Highways Performance Space. Her writing has been featured in publications such as CARLA, Black Clock, the Rough Magick anthology, Entropy, Synema Publikationen, and WITCH. Amanda hosts her bi-monthly show Oracle Hour on KCHUNG radio; teaches the Magical Praxis monthly mystery school; and performance private rites of healing and empowerment at her magical studio in West Adams. To find out more about Amanda’s work, visit www.oracleoflosgangeles.com.
Molly Jo Shea is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice comprises performance, object-making, and creating interactive experiences. Growing up as the daughter of an opera singer and a special effects guru, her work is a combination of decadence and horror dragged through a hall of mirrors. With an interest in manipulating systems, Shea creates safe environments for complicated topics to be broken down including gender, power, failure, and death. These experiences perfect familiar modes of communication and engage with rapidly advancing technologies with a humorous back and forth between popular culture and her own identity.
Vabianna Santos’ work has been described as terrifying, meditative, earnest and utterly lucid. Her work manipulates sensory reactions through systems of display and seductive materiality. She indulges in willful contradiction- constructing refined visual paradoxes while crassly adapting metaphysical themes. The work re-imagines social interactions to question how we perform empathy and power. She has exhibited and performed nationally, showing at MOCA North Miami, Vox Populi, and Headlands Center for the Arts. Her work has been reviewed in WhiteHot Magazine of Contemporary Art.
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Vabianna Santos is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:
Performance photo by Manuel Rotenberg is courtesy of Artist Vabianna Santos.