Performance-Visiting Brooklyn Bridge
Ritual Traces: Presented by South Asian Women’s Creative Collective and supported by Mondriaan Funds.
Brooklyn Bridge & Brooklyn Bridge Park
Saturday, June 18, 2016 (12 PM – 4 PM)
Free and Open to Public
Monali Meher, Visiting Brooklyn Bridge
Bridges are great architectural achievements symbolizing progress and growth. They are also metaphorical connecters between places, cultures, and people. In this performance, the artist walks backwards across the bridge, carrying lit incense sticks in her hands. By walking backwards, she faces and meets the eyes of the audience/witnesses/followers. The ritual of incense becomes a momentary experience shared by people who participate in the walk and the pedestrians of the city itself. The ephemeral smell and smoke has its own movement as it merges into the atmosphere and disappears, and this metaphor is so close to life as well as to live art. In this turbulent political and social climate, the act of walking backwards across city boundaries and ending with facing and acknowledging the East River is a significant component of the performance.
“Visiting Brooklyn Bridge”: Performance by Monali Meher in Brooklyn