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Elisa Pritzker, Sellknam: Spirit, Ceremony, Selves

Selknam Stones Time Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
1701 Main Street
Peekskill, NY 10556

Event Information:
Jo-Ann Brody
Phone: (914) 788-0100
E-Mail: jbrody@hvcca.org
Website: http://www.hvcca.org
Tickets/Registration: http://www.hvcca.org
Admission Fee: Members Free, $10 General Admission, $5 Seniors, students, Peekskill residents

The Selknam, an extinct aborigine tribe of Tierra del Fuego, is the inspiration for Elisa Pritzker’s installation at the HVCCA. Over ten years ago when Pritzker visited Patagonia, she felt an urgency to discover the people who had lived in Tierra del Fuego “before all the tourists came, speaking all different languages, from many cultures,” except for that of the Selknam, whose voices were gone. Pritzker has created an installation that honors the tribe, gathered into reservations in the 1940’s and eradicated by diseases and cultures not their own. She began an in-depth study of the Selknam Tribe, using source materials from anthropologists and photographers, among them Anne Chapman.

Elisa Pritzker, born in Argentina, now lives in upstate New York. Her work has appeared in exhibitions and museums worldwide. Brian K. Mahoney, Chronogram Magazine editor, said, Pritzker “… has helped to shape the evolution of the regional arts scene.” Certainly, Pritzker’s work, installations and objects, has reshaped how we think about culture, ancient, urban, natural or spiritual. Looking anew at the old, Elisa Pritzker’s installation at the HVCCA, provides a contemporary artist’s view of an ancient world.

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