Healing Leaves Exhibition Launch

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Healing Leaves Exhibition Launch

Saturday, October 7, 2023, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Join us for the opening of Healing Leaves: The Myth of The Orisha Ossanhe by Luzia Castaneda! There will be a dance performance at 1pm by Alexandre Barranco to open the exhibition on the V&A Terrace. The art will be displayed in the V&A Gallery.

Included in Garden Admission.

More about the Exhibition:

The work began in the Poconos Mountains in Pennsylvania in the summer of 2020. I was painting and a leaf fell on my watercolor – it was a calling. Over the next year, I explored different forests in the USA and Brazil, looking for leaves that could create a wonderful beauty on top of my watercolor, and then took photos of these combinations. That was the inspiration to tell the Ossanhe myth through leaf paintings.

The Healing Leaves: The Myth of the Orisha Ossanhe (the Afro-Brazilian divinity of healing and mystery) is a series of 16 photographs and 21 paintings that explain the Afro-Brazilian myth of two orishas—Ossanhe and Xangô—whom both want to possess the healing powers of leaves.

This exhibition was made possible with public funds from the Queens Art Funds, a re-grant program supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

About Alexandre Barranco:
Alexandre Barranco was born in Brazil. In 2001, at the age of 11, he began his dance studies at ABAMBA (Benefactors and Friends of Dancers and Actors Boys Association). In 2008, he had his first professional experience in the “Ballet of the City of Taubate,” mainly working with contemporary dance. In 2010, he worked with the “Young Dance Company of Sao Jose dos Campos”. He has performed classical ballet and contemporary dance in Brazil and abroad and has been awarded with many national and international prizes in competitions. In 2016, Alexandre graduated in New York at Peridance Center in their certificate program with a full scholarship while simultaneously apprenticing with the Peridance Contemporary Dance Company.


Saturday, October 7, 2023
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
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