Salt Choreographies

Osías Yanov accompanied by Dani Zelko

June 6, 2024, 6-9pm
Géza, 306 Maujer
Workshop: 6-8pm
Performance: 8-9pm

Salt Choreographies is a performance workshop led by Osías Yanov, accompanied by Dani Zelko, that expands the meaning of salt in its historical and molecular sense. Salt crystallization is a process that emerges from the edges as opposed to the center. Gathered in a temporary human collective, participants in the workshop will explore mutuality as a dynamic process of growth from the periphery.

The first phase of Salt Choreographies begins with a two-hour workshop inviting fifteen participants to engage in the crystallization process through a series of mythological and chemical readings and a set of choreographed prompts. The movements that emerge from the prompts will be recorded and interpreted together as a group. Reflecting on salt’s material transformations from molecule to crystal, the second phase of the event, open to the public, synthesizes each participant’s response into a collective experience that manifests the subtle and inherent potential of mutuality.

The stories formed throughout Salt Choreographies aim to decolonize individual imagination by contributing to a collective memory. This performance workshop derives from Osías’s research, performance, and installation Choreographies of Salt, and is held in parallel to Cantando Bajito: Incantations, an exhibition that features Osías’s work at the Ford Foundation Gallery, open through August 10, 2024.

This event is free and open to all. Salt Choreographies opens with a workshop that has a maximum capacity of 15 people. If you would like to attend, email briefly explaining why you would like to participate with the subject line “Salt Choreographies”.

Following the closed workshop from 6-8pm, Salt Choreographies opens to the public at 8pm and we encourage an RSVP through the Eventbrite link below.

Image: Salt Choreographies, Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, 2019. Photo by Carolina Bonfanti.

Osías Yanov is an artist and researcher based in Buenos Aires who draws on cultural objects and memories that affect our bodily ways of being in the world and with each other. Through performance, installation and sculpture, Yanov explores the creation of conceptual and sensorial fields of resistance to the stereotypical control of subjectivity. His works intertwine rituals, night parties, queer theories and the erotic as a transformative force. His methodology for developing projects, workshops and encounters involves establishing relationships with groups of people promoting the creation of temporary communities. His work has been exhibited at the 11th Berlin Biennale, 2020; 11th Gwangju Biennale, 2016; 12th Göteborg Biennale, 2023; Gasworks, London, 2018; Nora Fisch Gallery, Buenos Aires; Zarigüeya/Alabado Contemporáneo, Quito, 2016; MALBA, Buenos Aires, 2015; among others.
Dani Zelko is an artist who makes work with words and people. Through various procedures, the work generates publications and encounters that detonate political disputes, listening practices, and experiments with language. Dani has taught workshops and seminars at the National University of the Arts, Center for Artistic Research, Museum of Modern Art of Buenos Aires, University of La Plata, Buenos Aires; SOMA, Ciudad de México; New York University, and the University of California, among many others. Since 2015 he has carried out a project called Reunion, which has made co-productions with spaces such as Museo Reina Sofía, Madrid; Fundación Proa, Palais de Glace, Buenos Aires; and Biquini Wax EPS, Ciudad de México. Reunion has published eleven books that have been translated into English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Arabic, Urdu, Darija, and Euskera. He is a professor in the master Tejidos Conjuntivos at the Reina Sofía Museum, Madrid and is part of High School Liliana Maresca in Villa Fiorito, Buenos Aires.