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Maya Vivas: a convoluted remedy to my soft hands

Cascade Paragon Arts Gallery

A video still of a hand mirror layered with two other video images of lights and darks and an arm and hand pointing

Maya Vivas, a convoluted remedy to my soft hands, 2021, video still

A window exclusive performative video exhibition ruminating on diasporic therapies

December 3, 2021 – January 17, 2022
  • Paragon Arts Gallery (815 N. Killingsworth St. Portland, Oregon 97217). View the window exhibition from the sidewalk and on our website
  • Due to COVID-19 and Portland Community College remote operations, the exhibition can be viewed in front of the gallery from the sidewalk and on our website. The gallery is not open for inside viewing.
A video still of the palm of a hand layered with two other screens of purple lights and shadows of arms.

Maya Vivas, a convoluted remedy to my soft hands, 2021, video still (watch the full edited video with sound)

The Paragon Arts Gallery at Portland Community College, Cascade Campus is honored to present two new videos by Maya Vivas building on their performance a convoluted remedy to my soft hands, a digitally layered recording of performance, live feed, and premeditation converse maneuvering through accrued diasporic therapies. This work was developed in collaboration with DB Amorin, Roland Dahwen, and Kevin Holden with support from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Paragon Arts Gallery, and Oregon Contemporary that hosted a live performance in August 2021.

Watch footage from the live performance at Oregon Contemporary in August 2021 (no sound).

About the artist

Through sculptural gesture, absurdity, carnality, speculative fiction, and body horror, I navigate questions of diasporic body memory and space as filtered through the senses. – Maya Vivas

Maya Vivas is a multidisciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums such as ceramic, performance, painting, social practice and installation. Maya has exhibited work, spoken on panels and hosted workshops throughout the United States including venues and institutions such as Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Louisiana State University and Yale. Vivas is also co-founder of Ori Gallery whose mission is to redefine “the white cube” through amplifying the voices of Queer and Trans Artists of color, community organizing, and mobilization through the arts.

Support for this project from the Regional Arts and Culture Council

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