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Touching the Earth: Sand art exhibit, talk, and performance with Marie-Thérèse Latuner

April 5, 2019
7:00 pm
International Art Museum of America

Touching the Earth is a sand art installation of the ancestral tradition of powder drawing. In what Latuner calls the 'transported gesture', she displaces the ancestral traditions of powder drawing: those learned in South India, on the doorsteps of houses at dawn with Indian women, or elsewhere in the temples of Kerala with the artists/officiants. The drawing of powder becomes a passer from one world to another, circulating from the ground to the bodies, and is crossed by the deities then must be erased in order to disperse the powders for a time sacralized to close the ritual moment. The powders used are those collected in the landscapes around San Francisco: sand, sandstone, and Arizona soil. This practice also aims to be linked to the places, the soils, the richness and diversity of the natural powders of the surrounding landscapes. In this way, weaving links with the sublime nature of the American West and with the history of its sacred lands. The dance, to close the exhibition, will come by with movement to disperse and erase the drawings, and will take with it the remains of their powdery trace. This installation is a tribute to all these ritual traditions, opening up important paths for a humanity that is sensitive and respectful of the Other: Body, Plants, or Star Dust.

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International Art Museum of America

1023 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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