|Gurdjieff Foundation Miami and Kiupa Art Group
are pleased to invite you
to the Opening Reception of
|From June 9th to June 12th
Gurdjieff Foundation Miami and Kiupa Art Group, present for the first time in the United States Tapestries and Venezuelan Petroglyphs: Reuniting with the path of the mystery of life.
The exhibition will show 30 tapestries made by Kiupa Art Group inspired on Venezuelan petroglyphs, Kiupa is a group of women and men founded by Mrs. Nathalie De Salzmann de Etievan in the fifties with a very clear purpose, which was that these women through knitting could practice the enactment of a greater degree of conscience. This group was composed by Rosario Montenegro, Gisela Febres-Cordero, Beatriz Pardo, Amalia Nott, Rosario Rickel, Amparo Diaz and Amalia Valiente, who were responsible for developing the core concept of the creation of the tapestries. With the help of archaeologist Saul Padilla and other archaeologists, they chose the petroglyphs carved in stone made by very old communities that inhabited the Venezuelan territory. “The petroglyphs lay in ritual sites, of great spirituality. They are sacred sites“, according to researcher Alexis Jose Rojas.
Because they are so ancient and we ignore the accuracy of their creation and the identity of their authors, these petroglyphs have a certain aura of mystery. They are engraved in stone with an indelible script that has defied the passage of time. The petroglyphs represent a cosmogony and are a telluric testimony of great wisdom that blends magic and religion in a few strokes chiseled in stone that bind the abstract and the figurative.”
The Kiupa Arts Center brings together weavers as a collective art presentation in like fashion as the original enigmatic authors of the petroglyphs gathered the do so to recreate in wool and fabric the symbolism of this ancient ethnic group. With the perception of their hand sensation and their refined attention, they become present when weaving. Upon doing so consciousness and harmony develop therefore a relationship that comes from an impartial essence which incarnates, to some extent, sacredness itself. In each of these tapestries in the footsteps of many weavers, many hours of introspection, wool and colors, and a single story are all embedded.
In this exhibition the weaving is accompaniment by a sacred music that gives the viewer a spiritual experience of a sensory union that invites us to appreciate these tapestries, which are the result of many years of work who have left a living legacy. The music that will be played by the teacher and composer Yleana Bautista, seeks to become a thread between the tapestry and the observer.
The exhibited works will be sold to benefit the Colegio Los Hipocampitos in San Antonio de Los Altos, Venezuela, a school led by the Educational Model Etievan and created by Nathalie De Salzmann de Etievan, original Kiupa’s founder.
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