137 Union St
Vecinos is an ongoing project that explores unique ways to create intimate connections between neighbors (in a global and local sense) through public art projects and story-telling. This July, Mia Pinheiro + Celestina Cardona Billington invite the people of New Bedford, MA to assist them in the making of a community art installation: Ofrenda.
In Mexico ofrendas are traditionally altars to honor important figures. In Vecinos, the Ofrenda speaks to the concept of neighbors and community the daily necessities, proximity and our shared experience of mortality and desire, integral components of the vast human experience. This symbolic construction will serve as a representation of the the collective poetics of the everyday humans in New Bedford, MA.
How to Participate in the Making of Ofrenda:
On Wednesday, July 10th from 4-8 we invite the people of New Bedford to a bring a symbolic object that represents their story in the fabric of the neighborhood of NBMA along with a written statement about the story behind their choice. The objects and stories will then be arranged into an Ofrenda by Mia + Celestina, and opened for public viewing. (Please bring us a symbolic object, please do not bring us your great-grandmother’s wedding hanky! Although we will be present to keep everything safe, we do not take responsibility for lost objects. There will be one pickup day on Friday July 12th to retrieve your objects.)
We invite the Public to the inauguration of Ofrenda on Thursday, July 11th from 5-9 during AHA Night, where it will be open for public viewing.
Mia Pinheiro is a performance artist + cultural facilitator from the New Bedford MA, currently residing and making work in Mexico City. Celestina is an artist and producer using creativity as a catalyst for community connection and transformation currently living in New York City.
This project is funded in part by Wicked Cool Places, New Bedford’s creative placemaking program, financed by the city’s Arts, Culture and Tourism Fund.