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Newark Open Doors Tour

October 15th - 18th What A Facade! Exhibit in the {LIPS} Gallery

What a facade! exhibition opens with art installation by Kelly Ann Pinho and wood cutting board arts works by Lilly Ribeiro. Special Performance POeTry Tales with Mia X and friends. Taboo Identities in Luso-American Womanhood hosted by Marina Carreira with PaulA Neves, and Cindy Goncalves. {LIPS} Open Doors ends with a theatre reading directed by Lilly Ribeiro for domestic violence awareness month. [Details below]

What A Facade: Horror Vacui art installation by Kelly Ann Pinho

[in conjunction with]

Lilly Ribeiro's Do You Eat the Head? wood cutting board series

In Kelly Ann Pinho's latest art installation she explores her identity by creating a horror vacui, a term that literally means "fear of empty space".

I truly have a fear of the empty spaces left over from my childhood. Horror vacui refers to a visual style in art that means to cover an entire space or piece in detail.  To fill the empty space. This work is about filling the empty spaces in my identity as an adoptee by using my love of all things alternative and my fear of identifying as a Portuguese American. Growing up hearing "Well you're not really Portuguese" left me without a sense of belonging and I had to create my own identity. As a teenager, I found parts of myself through the alternative scene in the 90's and I quickly found my self becoming enamored with so-called "Alternative" music. By recreating Azulejos, a form of traditional Portuguese tile work used to fill empty spaces, I honor my own aesthetic and code of honor by using black paint instead of the traditional blue. And use patterns inspired by my favorite Raymond Pettibon's punk rock cool iconic image the Black Flag logo, instead of the traditional Portuguese tile patterns to symbolize how I constantly fill in the blanks as reference to my identity as an adoptee.  ~Kelly Ann Pinho

Luso-American, Lilly Ribeiro's Do you eat the head? wood cutting board series also explores the artist's identity, and social taboos.  The various works are inspired by the roles that Portuguese-American women play in their culture in the Ironbound, Newark community. Through these works, she hopes the audience will question their own traditions, rituals and practices and ask the question, What do we hold on to (and why) and what do we let go of?

8:00 PM Friday, October 16 Performance POeTry

Tales with Mia X and friends

2:00 PM Saturday, October 17 Performance POeTry

Taboo Identities in Luso-American Womanhood explores how Luso-American women hide or defer aspects of themselves on a daily basis. Hosted by Marina Carreira and featuring Kelly Ann Pinho, Marina Carreira, PaulA Neves, and Cindy Goncalves will interrogate their multi-layered identities through art and performance poetry to detail how poverty, sexuality, mental illness, adoption, and other socially "taboo" subjects are suppressed in order to accommodate their conservative cultural expectations as Portuguse-Americans.

2:00 PM Sunday, October 18th Breaking the Silence event Performance directed by Lilly Ribeiro. Remembering those who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

*October is domestic violence awareness month.


Hope to see you at the Newark Open Doors Tour!


Earlier Event: September 9
LIPS launch party
Later Event: October 16
Healing Arts Coalition Conference