Multimedia Dance Performance by International Students Opens Exhibit for Visiting Artist Sabrina Small

Je Seok Koo '13 (Multimedia) and Reshma Anwar '15 (Dance) to showcase collaborative performance art piece at reception for 'Messengers of Memories' exhibit

"The Feeding," ink and watercolor on paper.

October 24, 2012

International Student Programs at the University of the Arts welcomes visiting artist Sabrina Small back to her native Philadelphia with "Messengers of Memories," a solo exhibit featuring drawings, paintings and stitchings. The show will be on display November 2 – 30 in the Levitt Foyer Gallery in Gershman Hall (401 South Broad Street, 3rd floor).

An opening reception is set for Friday, November 2 from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature a collaborative performance by international students Je Seok Koo '13 (Multimedia) and Reshma Anwar '15 (Dance). Koo, who's from Korea, and Anwar, from India and Germany, have spent time in Small's studio collaborating on this unique performance art piece.

"This collaboration is closely connected to the University's interdisciplinary and international missions," said Mara Flamm, director of International Student Programs. "Je Seok and Reshma have been inspired by working with a professional artist and the experience has made them hungry to create more opportunities for cross collaborations between students at UArts."

Koo will be using a media device that allows him to create music based on Anwar's movements. He will also be creating soundtracks to accompany some of Small's paintings and creating video images around some of the empty spaces in the exhibition space.

"Find Your Own Spot," hand stitching on felt.

Small, who earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, has exhibited in museums and galleries in Berlin, Budapest, Hamburg, London, Los Angeles, Mallorca, Nanjing, San Francisco, Seattle, Stuttgart and South Florida. Her visceral connection with the places in which she lives and works followed her from Berlin, where she lived for six years, to Sarasota, Fla., where she lived for three, and now back to her hometown of Philadelphia.

"Messengers of Memories" explores the energy and unique vision Small acquired while living abroad and draws us into the complex ways in which memories of place and relationships get tangled within all of our identities.

International Student Programs will also host an Artist Talk and Luncheon on November 7 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; this event is free and open to the public.

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