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Urban Zen: MONU'IA, a journey by Tiago Valente Opening and special screening

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Urban Zen: MONU'IA, a journey by Tiago Valente Opening and special screening

Please join us at Urban Zen for the presentation of the project MONU’IA, textile installation and documentary by Tiago Valente, followed by a special screening and discussion with the artist .

MONU’IA tells an intimate story of a life changing journey by Tiago Valente, a multidisciplinary artist and researcher, who travels through the islands of the South Pacific Ocean, to coexist with different ethnic groups on Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Fiji and Vanuatu.

For this particular project, Valente spent two months in the islands of Vanuatu, living with four different tribal groups. Each one presenting a specific level of exposure to what we understand now as modern civilization. The initial object of this study was to observe and understand the impact of this phenomenon and how this affected these groups’ interactions with the modern world.

Following a last minute strike of intuition, Valente decided to bring with himself one of his textile installations, with no clear further intentions. He decided to display his installation in these villages, to observe and document their reactions to the work, as part of his study. 

This entire experience changed him forever. Not only it exceeded his initial expectations about social studies, but his entire life and understanding of the human core of connection.

Opening and special screening; September 25th, 6-8 pm

Tiago Valente is a multidisciplinary artist, designer, thinker and professor.

Following a holistic approach, he draws from Anthropology and explores activism and sociological issues with his work. The theatrical magic in his creative universe is unveiled through a variety of mediums, crafted with extreme attention to detail, merging artisanal techniques with the latest technologies. Valente articulates unique narratives through architectural installations and even wearable sculptures. 

Relevant projects include immersive multi sensory experiences at unexpected public spaces to challenge the perception of the viewer that may choose - or not - to be part of such encounters.

His award winning work has been showcased internationally in a rich contrast of cultures. Most recently, he has been invited to present his work at The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, in the context of Bilbao Bizkaia Design Week in the fall of 2019.

Lives and works in New York.