Album

Mariana Valencia

January 2019
Document Series #1
Softcover, 80 pages, 6 × 8.25 inches, b/w and color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-7327086-0-0 
Printed in Michigan
Edition of 400
20 USD 
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About the publication

Mariana Valencia’s solo performance Album assembles song, text, and dance into a multifaceted album that draws from choreographic methodology, personal narrative, herstorical and intergenerational kinship, and popular culture. The first title in Wendy’s Subway’s Document Series, Album expands on Valencia’s performance to include her spoken script in its entirety alongside choreographic descriptions and new annotations, original song lyrics, diagrams, drawings, and visual representation. Navigating childhood memory, mourning, framily, and vampires through factual, humorous, and grave observations, Valencia archives and performs a self herstory as an album in image and song.

About the author

Mariana Valencia is a New York-based choreographer and performer. Her work has been presented by Danspace Project, American Realness, AUNTS, The Chocolate Factory, Performance Space, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR), The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (DC), The Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), and internationally in England, Norway, Macedonia, and Serbia. Valencia is a Whitney Biennial artist (2019), a Bessie Award recipient for Outstanding Breakout Choreographer (2018), a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award to Artists grant recipient (2018), a Jerome Travel and Study Grant fellow (2014–15), and a Movement Research GPS/Global Practice Sharing artist (2016/17). She is a founding member of the No Total reading group and she has been the co-editor of Movement Research’s Critical Correspondence (2016–17). She has held residencies at Chez Bushwick, New York Live Arts, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn Arts Exchange, Gibney Dance Center, Movement Research and at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (OR). Valencia has worked with Lydia Okrent, Jules Gimbrone, Elizabeth Orr, Kate Brandt, AK Burns, Guadalupe Rosales, Em Rooney, robbinschilds, Kim Brandt, Morgan Bassichis, Jazmin Romero, Fia Backstrom and MPA. In 2019, she published two books of performance texts entitled Album (Wendy’s Subway) and Bouquet (3 Hole Press). Valencia holds a BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA (2006) with a concentration in dance and ethnography.

Press

Gillian Jakab, "Mariana Valencia's Album and Bouquet," The Brooklyn Rail, July-August 2019

Sophie Seita, "Books That Hold Performance," BOMB, March 12, 2020 and "Sophie Seita on Performative Books," Harriet Blog, March 19, 2020

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