Elia Alba

On View: July 18 through July 23, 2017
Interview: Friday, July 21 from 6-8P, hosted by Sweety’s member Bryan Rodriguez Cambana

GALLERY TEXT (En Español)

Elia Alba’s installation for Sweety’s Radio: Edición Especial will include three videos, Unruhe, Se Revela, Se Devela and Gigglers, all made between 2001 and 2010. These works show Alba’s manipulation of reality as fantasy and vice versa, always within a societal framework informing this dynamic. In Unruhe, Alba focuses on this German word, meaning unrest, to compose a dream-like scenario, using Super 8 and video, during which dolls are aggressively handled as they float on and move through the water. Se Revela, Se Devela expresses the idea of unmasking as a cultural practice that both contains and sustains the face. Gigglers, filmed on IslaMorada, examines fractured identities and adolescence through the laughter, play and the undeterred stare of four young girls wearing masks and wigs, floating in the ocean.

This project is the fourth installment of Sweety’s Radio: Edición Especial, on view through July 30, 2017.

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Brooklyn-born artist Elia Alba is a multi-media artist working through video and performance. Her latest project entitled “The Supper Club” gathers cultural makers to examine race through food, dialogue, and portraiture, culminating as a solo show forthcoming fall 2017 at The 8th Floor.

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Cuchifritos is FREE to the public and handicap accessible. Located inside Essex Street Market at the south end nearest Delancey.

Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space is a program of Artists Alliance Inc., a 501c3 not for profit organization located on the Lower East Side of New York City within the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center. Cuchifritos is supported in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is made possible by public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. We thank the New York City Economic Development Corporation and individual supporters of Artists Alliance Inc for their continued support. Special thanks go to our team of dedicated volunteers and interns, without whom this program would not be possible. For more information, visit artistsallianceinc.org.