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April 3 - May 29, 2020

Baptized In The Fires Of The Cuyahoga River

Veronique d’Entremont

Residency: February 4 - April 8, 2020

Baptized In The Fires Of The Cuyahoga River

  Veronique d'Entremont, A Reproduction of The Trauma, or, A Portal Through Which Love May Enter (2019)

Baptized In The Fires Of The Cuyahoga River

During her residency, Veronique d’Entremont is creating a site-specific installation of sculpture and artifacts contextualizing Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River as a site of memory and metaphor, structural violence, and environmental racism. The project is informed by oral histories collected from area residents and community organizers. Their stories make part of the immersive soundscape within the gallery and beyond, through a guided audio companion piece available on the SPACES website.

The artist’s journey to Cleveland begins two miles from her home, on the concrete banks of the Los Angeles River. It continues as a pilgrimage of sorts to cities and towns suffering extreme industrial pollution shaped by America’s devotion to capitalism and industry, indifference to public health, and disregard for global concerns.

PLANNED SITES ON ROUTE:

  • Bakersfield CA - Kern River Oil Field
  • Battle Mountain, NV – Greystone Mine/Fire Creek Mine, gold mines
  • Carlin, NV – Gold Quarry Mine, gold mine
  • Golconda NV – Twin Creeks Mine, gold mine
  • Magna, UT – Rio Tinto Kennecott Copper Smelter along the shore of the Great Salt Lake
  • Bingham Canyon, UT - Bingham Canyon Mine, copper mine
  • East Chicago, IN – US Steel, coal-fired steel mill
  • River Rouge, MI – Zug Island, coal-fired steel mill located on a Native American burial ground
  • Flint, MI – Site of the Flint Water Crisis, a public health crisis that exposed residents to water contaminated with lead and other bacteria. When tested, 14.2% of children in Cleveland have high lead counts, twice that of children tested in Flint, at the height of the crisis.
  • Vickery, OH/Clyde, OH – Vickery hazardous waste injection wells & Clyde Cancer Cluster

Opening Reception: Friday, April 3, 2020 from 6-9 PM

Members Preview: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 from 6-8 PM

Toast the Artist: Thursday, March 5, 2020 6:30-8:30 PM (Lava Lounge)

About the Artist

Veronique d’Entremont

Veronique d’Entremont is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines the social and institutional spaces we inhabit, how they shape us and how we can ultimately transform them. Through entwined studio, pedagogical and spiritual practices, Veronique displays a commitment to collaboration, community organizing and to art as a medium for building empathy... go to artist page

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