Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2019-20

(Brooklyn, NY)Arantxa Araujo

Project Description

Cuerpxs de Luz is a durational project that focuses on creating strong bonds amongst the Latinx community and exploring ways to be beacons of light for one another, by recognizing oneself as a source of brilliance, clarity and enlightenment. The project will focus in two components: a series of workshops to grow, train and converse about our concerns in this complex sociopolitical arena, and a 12-hour durational performance that presents Latin bodies shining bright at the darkest moments - lasting from sunset to sunrise, using larger-than-body LEDs costuming.


Arantxa Araujo is a Mexican artist with a background in neuroscience. Her work is essentially multidisciplinary, feminist, and rooted in bio-behavioral research. Explorations of gender constructions, performativity and identity, and the politics of migration are seen and experienced in her installations, which often include video, sound, photography, mapping, light, and performance. Araujo is particularly interested in repetition and durational performance, to access states of heightened awareness for the artist and audience.

In the US, her work has been shown in the Brooklyn Museum, at the Radical Women Latin American Art Exhibit, Chashama Space to Present, Grace Exhibition Space, Glasshouse Gallery, The Queens Museum, Panoply Lab, Art in Odd Places in NYC, RAW during Miami Art Week, the Semel and Huret & Spector Gallery in Boston, and the SPACE Gallery and Bunker Projects in Pittsburgh. She has performed in Mexico, at El Monumento a la Revolución and La Explanada del MUAC, during the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro and El Vicio. She has also participated in the Nuit Blanche Festival in Saskatoon, Canada.

Araujo is an LMCC 2019 grantee. She was featured in EMERGENYC (2017) and the ITP Camp (2018, 2019). Araujo was awarded a full scholarship from Mexican Government Institution CONACYT (2012). She holds an MA in Motor Learning and Control from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Images (left to right); 1. Yerma, 2019, Performance for the camara, public performance.Morroco. 2.(Un)folding, 2018, durational public performance, Art in Odd Places festival. 6 hours, 14th Street, NY, NY. Photo by Wei Chao. 3. DAR a Luz, 2018, Performance at the Brooklyn Museum, 4 hours. Photo by Kolin Mendez.