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Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project (Extended until April 11)

Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project

Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project, © Yana Schnitzler

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Yana Schnitzler premieres Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project, a visual art exhibition and durational performance at the Chashama Gallery.

New York City, February 20th - March 25th, 2021 -- Yana Schnitzler premieres Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project, a visual art exhibition and durational performance at the Chashama Gallery space at 266 W 37th Street in Manhattan’s Garment District. Performance hours are Monday through Saturday 1:00-6:00pm, with the window remaining on display 24/7. 

Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project uses the power of ritual to bring women together from across the world. Schnitzler spent the past year collecting pieces of fabric inscribed with women’s intentions of what they wish to let go of. With contributions from 36 different countries and states, the work creates a tapestry of personal stories from all walks of life and cultures, offering a glimpse of where women stand with the struggles they face.

In a meditative performance seated in the gallery window, she will now stitch these testimonies together into a room-filling skirt, representing the global collective feminine voice. Female onlookers are invited to participate by contributing their desires for release on a provided piece of fabric that will be added to the performance project. As the garment grows over the five week period, it will emerge as a sea of fabric filling the entire space. 

Following this durational event, the skirt will travel to exhibitions from New York City, to Detroit, Washington D.C., and Bonn, Germany, for people to observe this sacred object, and inviting more women to participate in this growing work. The project will culminate in a final dance performance, with Schnitzler wearing the skirt, and completing with the destruction of it as a powerful symbol of letting go, release, and healing, currently scheduled for Fall 2021. 

Yana Schnitzler uses an adept sensitivity to create works that investigate connection, time, space, and the role of women in society. Her distinct aesthetic of using fabric to showcase movement in the body exemplifies her contemplative works. Yana Schnitzler HUMAN KINETICS has been presented at numerous museums, galleries and art festivals, as well as corporate events throughout the US and Europe.

For twenty-six years, Chashama has transformed unused space for 30,000 artists, hosted 4,000 public art events, provided 1,500 free art classes in underserved communities, and reached audiences of nearly a million. Chashama launched Enliven NYC in 2020 to revitalize the City’s vacant storefronts by giving them to artists, non-profits, and small businesses, bringing commerce, beauty and hope back to NYC.  

Tales of a Phoenix: The Letting Go Project is supported by Chashama and The Feminist Art Project.

For more information, visit: https://www.humankinetics.org/news 

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