february 23rd, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, USA
LED BY Minoosh zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling
The BodyWalk, developed by collaborating artists Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling, invited participants to spend time to analyze the role of the moving body in space in San Francisco’s Civic Center neighborhood. Through playful activities, artists and participants used their own bodies to navigate local places of inclusion and exclusion, and interacted with places such as the Veteran’s Building, City Hall, the UN Plaza and the Public Library. This walk was aimed to help us grapple with the question where we belong and how our bodies can (pre)define belonging. This was the second collaborative walk of Minoosh Zomorodinia and Astrid Kaemmerling, following the CloudWalk (2018) hosted at the Headlands Center for the Arts.
Minoosh Zomorodinia is an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist who makes visible her emotional and psychological reflections as seen in her mind’s eye inspired by nature and her environments. Her work exposes and experiments with humanity’s relationship to the natural world. She earned her MFA in New Genres from San Francisco Art Institute, and an MA in Graphic Design and BA in Photography from Azad University in Tehran. She has received several awards and residences including MFA Fellowship from San Francisco Art Institute, Kala Art Institute Media Art Fellowship, and Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She has exhibited locally and internationally. Currently she works and lives in the Bay Area and is Affiliate Artist at Headlands Center for the Arts.
Astrid Kaemmerling is a German-born artist, scholar and researcher and educator. Specializing in the domain of walking art her work as interdisciplinary artist spans the genres of visual, performance and media art and strives to encourage critical exploration of urban places in order to encourage publics to reflect home-building processes. She earned her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Arts from Ohio University and an M.A. and B.A. in Art and English from TU Dortmund, Germany. She has been exhibited internationally in Germany, Italy, Korea and the United States and has won several awards and fellowships. Her path has led her to residencies at the Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto (Italy), the Vermont Studio Center (VT), Enos Park in Springfield (IL), and most recently at KALA (CA).
Location: The Walkshop started and ended at 401 Van Ness Ave, #126 San Francisco, CA, SFAC Main Gallery
Start Time: 2pm
Duration: approx. 3 hours
Equipment: Journal, notebook, camera or related recording devices
Photography by Susanne Huth