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Mariana Valencia: Futurity | Whitney Biennial 2019

July 3, 2019

2019 Biennial artist Mariana Valencia works in dance and choreography, which she intermingles with storytelling, object theater, and humor. In "Futurity," Valencia engages audiences through layers of personal memory, sharing her reflections with an intense intimacy as if she were speaking to her closest friends. Language is as central to her work as movement, as she creates juxtapositions between narrative content and choreographic vocabulary, enacted by her body. In her process, she draws from an ongoing writing practice that she refers to as “dance savings”: an accumulation of journal entries, letters to collaborators, questions, interviews, observations, and drawings.