Thursday, November 21st, 7-9 PM
the cell 338 west 23rd streetNew York, NY 10011
In modern mythologies we invariably identify the female deity with the Earth, and the male with the Sky. However, in ancient times the feminine principle ruled over both. In different cultures she has been revered as The Great Mother Goddess, symbol of fertility and abundance, and the Queen of Heaven, who birthed the entire universe. What survived to the present times is the feminine nature of the Moon, with its 28-day lunar cycle, which in ancient times was the basis of the Lunar Calendar and is still used in some cultures. The cult of the Triple Moon Goddess divides the female life into 3 main stages of personal development and social standing: maiden, mother and crone. Utilizing the ancient gnosis, we created a movement and light based performance-ritual in reverence of the Moon cycles weaving the astral story for the modern day goddess mythology. Conceptualized by Jana Astanov and first performed at the Venice Biennale in 2019 at ARTI 3160 gallery with Astanov, Katie Cercone and Claire Zakiewicz, this iteration of the Triple Moon Goddess includes: Jana Astanov, Ronit Levin Delgado, and Claire Zakiewicz.
Music Jacob Cohen
Lighting design by Niko van Egten from MakeBelieveAV. https://makebelieveav.com/
Jana Astanov is a multidisciplinary artist, a poet and an independent curator living in New York. Born in Poland she studied anthropology, philosophy, and linguistics in France, and arts in the UK. She is a founder of CREATRIX Magazine: www.creatrixmag.com, portal for creative expression focused on art, activism and spiritual practice. Her work includes photography, poetry, performance art, sound art, and installation. She describes her performance art practice as “mythology vs ideology” referring to her two main interests the political & economic foundations of our civilization and mythological/ religious values. In her work, she utilizes elements of hypnosis, spirituality, dance movement derived from the Grotowski technique, sound art, ritualistic theatre and astrofeminism, term she has developed through her character Yannanda The One Who Speaks With The Stars. She has started three feminist performance groups JeDeive (Self Proclaimed Goddess), Red Temple (also a publishing house) and W.I.S.E. focused on ecological emergency. Astanov encourages other women to create and write their own stories that she often includes in her performances with an aim to portray the female world. Together with her partner Niko van Egten she co-created an electronic music group ASTRALOOP featuring her poetry in dark electronic arrangements. She is also the author of five collections of poetry: Antidivine, Grimoire, Sublunar, The Pillow Book of Burg, and Birds of Equinox.
Ronit Levin Delgado (born Tel Aviv, Israel), is a multi media artist and a Fulbright scholar, lives and works in NYC. Levin Delgado is a graduate (2013) of the MFA Studio Art program at MSU, NJ, and holds a BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem (2008).
Levin Delgado has won multiple awards and honors, including the 2011-2013 Fulbright Scholarship, American-Israel Cultural Foundation, Asylum Arts, Jewish Art Salon Fellowship, Daughters of Troy Residency in Governors Island, COJECO Fellowship, the Israeli Ministry of Culture Scholarship, Bezalel Academy Award for Excellence and on 2014 she was chosen to be the recipient of the First Annual Prize for Bezalel Alumni.
Levin Delgado has had Solo and Two-person exhibitions, including at Raw Pop Up (Art Basel Miami 2018), Spring Break Art 2018 (NY), Gallery Sensei (NY), the Frame Gallery (PA), Guttman Museum (Tel Aviv) and has been included in numerous international group exhibitions in Israel, Europe and the US, including, The Queens Museum (NY), Museum of Russian Art (NJ), Magnan Metz Gallery, and Trestle Gallery (NYC), Index Gallery, Aferro Gallery (Newark), Cardiff, Wales and Leeds (UK) and Hertzelilinblum Museum in Israel.
As a performance artist, Levin Delgado has performed at Grace Exhibition Space, House of Yes, Paper Box, Pratt Manhattan Gallery, EFA in NYC and participated in many international collaborations.
Claire Zakiewicz is a British inter-disciplinary artist and curator working across drawing, film, sound and performance. Zakiewicz’s practice examines the physical and metaphorical relationships between sound and drawing. It is a philosophical and practice-based enquiry -thinking through making. She says, “Our physicality is our cosmic home. Each line is drawn with attention to the body and to the drawing itself and our interactions outside of ourselves whether verbal or experiential, moment-to-moment.” Zakiewicz’s practice re-examines the pictorialization of space and the intimacy of exchange. Her animated films have been shown at Alive In the Universe for the 58th Venice Biennale, 2019 and at Tate Tanks and Tate Modern (London) in the exhibitions Tweet Me Up, 201 and Label, 2012. Zakiewicz has exhibited regularly throughout the UK, USA, Italy and Norway and has produced and performed in numerous productions and international institutions including Resonance FM (UK); ARTI3160 (Venice, Italy); USF (Norway); Bill Young’s Dance Studio (NYC); Mothership NYC; Last Frontier NYC and Itinerant Performance Arts Festival (NYC). Zakiewicz lives and works in London, UK and New York, United States. Zakiewicz writes for the publications Creatrix Magazine, Art511 Magazine and Hypocrite Reader. www.clairezakiewicz.com