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Threadware (2014)

A new body of abstract works using thread, cloth, wire and natural fibers. The exhibition is a celebration of the handmade at a time of heightened industrialization. The embroideries act as a reassurance of femininity, as well as the construction and solidification of one’s role as member of a community. [PHOTOS]

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Maiden Voyage (2014)

A suspended interactive installation for weaving drone. Presented by UB Art Galleries, as part of the first-year MFA exhibition “It’s Not Me, It’s You”. Plexiglass, thread, toy drone. [PHOTOS]

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Erie County Ecosystem (2014)

Interactive diagrams and kinetic installation using weaving rover robots to represent the interactions between biological species in Erie County, NY. Presented by UB Situated Technologies Studio, as part of MFA coursework. Wire, thread, toy rover robots. [PHOTOS]

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Beacon (2013)

A site-specific performance at Buffalo’s grain elevators exploring the symbology of such architectural icon and its conceptual social significance (warning or signaling from a place of prominence).

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A Seed, Inside a Grave, Inside a Heart, Inside a Dress, Inside a Shelter, Inside Water (2012)

Centered around grieving, this multi-layered work taps into Mexican death folklore, particularly the belief that Monarch butterflies embody the deceased. The site’s abundant milkweed (Monarch’s food) serve as the main graphic element. The shelter is constructed with water-soluble fabric, collapsing when hit by a motion-activated sprinkler (echoing life’s fragility). Created while in residency at The Tree Museum. Presented with support from the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. [PHOTOS]

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Family Portrait (2012)

A collection of five wearable sculptures (life-sized sculptural forms designed to frame, reflect, surround or shelter the human body) constructed with native woods, clay and wire. Created while in residency at fieldWork, Ontario. Duration: 6 months exhibition. [PHOTOS]

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Knot Garden (2012)

Inspired by local landscape and social entanglements, this performative ‘playground’ uses local abundant materials such as sand and rope. A collaboration with Johannes Zits, created while in residency at Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Island. Presented with support from The Tree Museum, the Canada Council for the Arts and Ontario Arts Council. [PHOTOS]

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Vita Mina (2012)

A movement, fabric and voice exploration at the Dos Estrellas Gold Mine, Tlalpujahua, Mexico by Alicia Marván and Carmina Escobar. [PHOTOS]

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Alegría (2012)

An edible installation incorporating history and nourishment through a visual-poetic synthesis of literature from the Spanish conquest in Mexico. Extracting symbology about gold and amaranth (two goods that suffered from colonization), the project draws physical and conceptual parallels between the two materials. Part of the duo exhibition “The Other Gold” with Jessica de Boer (Holland), presented by Stroom Den Haag (Holland) and the Rivas Mercado Foundation (Mexico) at Dos Estrellas Museum, Tlalpujahua, Michoacán, and ATEA Gallery, Mexico City.  [PHOTOS]

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Negotiating the Divide (2010)

A movement study created in response to the thread & cement installations by Fae Young-Scherling, on display in Atwater Place as part of McBride’s site-based installation showcase About Space. Garments by Alicia Marván. Choreography by Heidi Diaz. Sculpture by Fae Young-Scherling. At Heidi McBride Gallery, Portland, OR. Duration: 20 minutes. [PHOTOS]

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Betty  (2009)

A site-specific dance film in collaboration with video artist Emilia Gálvez. Screenings in Portugal, Uruguay, Brasil, Chile and Mexico. Presented by the festivals Agite y Sirva, Female Sessions, Ciclo Play 09 and In Shadow. Duration: 3 minutes. [VIDEO]

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Beet (2009)

A multimedia performance rooted in romantic emotions, drawing paralells between vegetable and human physique. While a video plays a heart-shaped beet that is cut, shredded and re-arranged in the shape of a heart, a performer prepares roasted beet and goat cheese salad for the audience. Concept, video and performance by Alicia Marván. La Nave, Coatepec, Veracruz, Mexico. Duration: 30 minutes. [PHOTOS]

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The Sculptural Body in Space (2008)

A site-specific performance commissioned by the University of the Americas (UDLA), Puebla, Mexico, in partnership with IntegrARTE. Concept and design: Alicia Marván. Development and performance: UDLA students. Duration: 60 minutes.  [PHOTOS]

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Purple Fuzz (2007)

A movement and fiber study about breath and gravity. Concept and direction by Alicia Marván. Embodied by Margaret Paek and Purple Fuzz, New York, NY. Duration: 1 minute. [VIDEO]

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Zero-crossings (2007)

A site-specific performance amongst Richard Serra’s sculptures, commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. In mathematics, a “zero-crossing” is a point where a graph crosses the zero value axis. Inspired by the term and the site’s constant flux of people from USA and Mexico, two dancers slowly collide, representing the two cultures’ interaction at the border. Direction: Alicia Marván. Performance: Alicia Marván and Jessica Radulovich. Duration: 30 minutes. [PHOTOS]

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Analogous Structures (2007)

A site-specific performance amongst Ernesto Neto’s fragrant installation “Mother Body Emotional Densitites, for Alive Temple Time Baby Son”, made of lycra and spices. Concept and direction: Alicia Marván. Development and performance: Jane Blount, Ron Estes, Justin Morrison, Leslie Seiters and Jessica Radulovich. Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Duration: 30 minutes. [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

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Dispersal Movement (2006)

A site-specific performance odyssey across the Brooklyn Bridge, inspired by deer movements and migratory patterns. Directed by Alicia Marván. Performed by Javier Baca, Milka Djordjevich, Sarah Leddy, Erin Ming Lee, Margaret Paek, Kathleen Scully. Presented by Movement Research and DUMBO Dance Festival. Duration: 90 minutes. [PHOTOS]

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Accumulation 2: Private Domains (2005)

A multimedia performance directed by Nina Martin dealing with consumer society issues. Created and performed by Rebecca Bryant, Amber Largent, Alicia Marván, Binh Nguyen and Margaret Paek. Presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego CA. Duration: 30 minutes. [PHOTOS]

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Where the Bucks Are Bigger and the Action Is Bolder (2005)

A multimedia performance about body image and plastic surgery. Directed by Alicia Marván. Performed by: Danielle Brestel, Collette Harding, Alicia Marván and Amanda Waal, with special appearances by Jane Blount, Rebecca Bryant, Don Nichols and Jessica Radulovich. Music: Haco, Marcelo Radulovich. Presented by Celebrate Dance Festival, San Diego CA. Duration: 20 minutes. [PHOTOS]

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Passing for Four (2004)

A dance and sculpture dialog designed and directed by Alicia Marván. Performed by: Margaret Paek. Music: Miya Masaoka. Presented by Sledgehammer Theatre, San Diego CA. Duration: 10 minutes. [PHOTOS] [VIDEO]

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Incubation (2002)

A movement study by Alicia Marván. Performed by: Alicia Marván and Margaret Paek. Music: Hans Fjellestad. Presented by Sushi Performance and Visual Art, San Diego CA. Duration: 3 minutes. [VIDEO]