Water Holds the Shell of the Skin, a Cluster of Cells. A talk by artist Nazarè Soares

On 5 May at 17:00, we invite everybody to SODAS 2123 residency programme participant Nazarè Soares’ talk, which will take place at Vilnius Art Academy’s Doctoral Studies building, Auditorium 102 (3 Malūnų St., Vilnius).

Water and the conscious network of cells in the body orchestrate all life within and without; water, as the fluid of existence and gateway of the cosmos, reunifies the self. In her performance work and procedural formats, Nazarè integrates geomantic invocations, practices of libation, incubations and hydrotherapy. In this talk, she will focus her investigation on healing arts, deep ecologies and how a consciousness of unity can be held within contemporary art spaces.
‘How to access the memory held in our bodies?  How do we listen to Water and the liquids running in our bodies, veins, fasciae and connective tissues, or the oceans, seas and rivers running on Earth? Between skin and stone, breath and sound, ice and sun, mist and mountain, cells and touch, there is a constant, circular whirling, a pendular oscillation. Some refer to “borderland travellers” as those who walk in between liminalities, between the everchanging realm of the spirits and the unpredictable flow of life.’— Nazaré Soares

About the artist:

Nazaré Soares is an interdisciplinary artist and curator working with notions of neo-pharmacopoeias, invisibility, imperceptibility and magic engineering. Her practice interweaves psychoacoustic and cinematic spaces with speculative design and performance art, producing spaces for rituals and practices of incubation. Recently, she has been deepening in the healing properties of water, the world of hydrotherapy and aquatic bodywork practices, integrating them into artistic expression. She is the founder and curator of the Invisibledrum Art Platform based in Norway which investigates interrelationships and interconnections between technology, art, ecology and animistic systems in contemporary society. Nazaré is also a curator and board member at Tribute Earth, an NGO that provides access to ancestral wisdom and regenerative biocultural projects.

She received a scholarship at the MFA programme of LAV—Laboratorio Audiovisual Creación Práctica Contemporánea in Madrid (2019). Previously, she graduated from Brighton University with a BA in Moving Image (2014), after which she spent three months studying in Ramallah at the International Academy of Art Palestine before getting her master’s degree in Fine Art from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (2017). In 2010, she received the IdeasTap and Magnum Photos Award. Soares holds an Advanced Vocational Certificate of Education in
Photography (AVEC) from FP Luis Buñuel (Madrid, 2005). Currently, she is training in aquatic somatic education for aquatic bodywork at LiquidZome, a water temple in Sintra, Portugal.

During her residency at SODAS 2123, the artist is developing her research, which may be presented during ūmėdė festival in June 2024 (curated by Gailė Griciūtė, Vytautas Michelkevičius and Ignas Pavliukevičius).

This residency is funded by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Nordic-Baltic Mobility Programme for Culture. The activities of SODAS 2123 are supported by the Lithuanian Council for Culture and Vilnius City Municipality.

The event will be held in English.

Image credits: Liquid Cosmos. Photo montage by Aurélie Chauleur and Nazaré Soares. 2022.