ABOUT THE ARTIST
Karl Orozco is an interdisciplinary, project-based artist who engages the public in playful, participatory investigations of the cultural symbols and popular iconography of our material world. Orozco is currently collaborating with Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts and The Laundromat Project to create a public art activation in Woodside, Queens centered on footwear, class, and labor organizing. Orozco received the inaugural 2019 Art in the Parks grant for Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which he used to create a sculptural maize mosaic that served as a pixelated backdrop for Mexican indigenous dancers to commemorate the death anniversary of Moctezuma II. He was the 2018 National Artist-in-Residence at the Neon Museum of Las Vegas, NV, where he transformed their expansive studio into an intergenerational, community gambling space influenced by his grandmother’s underground Manila mahjong parlor. Orozco is a 2020 Bronx Museum Artist-in-Marketplace Emerging Artist Fellow and a 2019 Making Policy Public Design Fellow with the Center for Urban Pedagogy.
ABOUT ALMA SPHERE
Developed as a collaborative dream between architects Sabrina Herbosa Reyes and Giovanni Antonio Rivera, Almasphere looks to make atmospheres where individuals can connect personally with their soul, collectively with their community, and spiritually with the cosmos. This collaboration encourages the constant exploration of how to build spaces that can evoke our intuitions and curiosities. Follow them on Instagram @alma.sphere
Sabrina grew up with her mother in New Jersey and spent her summers in the Philippines. Her life has always been at the intersection of these two identities, which has continuously influenced her work as an architectural designer/space maker and mover. Through space, Sabrina touches on the ideas of sacredness and inclusivity. It is the poetics of the built environment that has the silent ability to evoke emotion, imagination and thought. Her work brings one inward. In her heart, that sacred place is the islands. This place is the same feeling she pursues in the spaces she creates. Sabrina uses movement to respond to these moments, places or spaces. Whether a built space or an infinite landscape that inspires her movement, she honors that place in her heart of the islands.
Giovanni grew up in a small town in South Jersey alongside his grandfather, who introduced him to the world of carpentry. He was a jack of all trades who thankfully imparted the traits of resourcefulness and being thorough. Later as his creativity grew and fate grabbed hold of his path he graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Architecture. The field of grand-weaver he later discovered was extremely encompassing and allowed many different arts to be explored and experimented with. All the while holding a process-based approach. Photography, Poetry, Short Film, Sound, Woodworking, Drawing and Design all come pouring forth from his heart.
ABOUT LITTLE MANILA QUEENS BAYANIHAN ARTS
Little Manila Queens Bayanihan Arts is a collaboration between artists and cultural workers who support community-based arts and creative placekeeping efforts by and for the diasporic Filipino community in Woodside, Queens, as well as the greater New York City area. Follow us at littlemanilaqueens.org or on Instagram @littlemanilaqueens .
ABOUT THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR FILIPINO CONCERNS-NORTHEAST (NAFCON-NE)
NAFCON is a national alliance of Filipino organizations, institutions, and individuals that responds to the concerns of Filipinos in the US and in the Philippines by creating an action-oriented platform that brings people together through culture & heritage, education, health & wellness, and advocacy.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL FEDERATION OF FILIPINO AMERICAN ASSOCIATIONS-NY CHAPTER (NaFAA-NY)
NaFFAA is a non-profit, non-partisan organization. Established in 1997, NaFFAA has been the standard bearer for promoting the welfare and well-being of the 4 million Filipinos and Filipino Americans throughout the United States.
This project is supported by The Laundromat Project.
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