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Bennington College welcomes multidisciplinary artist Emilio Rojas

BENNINGTON — A new show “tracing a wound through my body” has opened at Suzanne Lemberg Usdan Gallery at Bennington College. A traveling survey of the multidisciplinary practice of artist Emilio Rojas, the exhibit brings together works from the past decade, including live performances and interventions, video, photography, sculpture, installation and poetry.

“Emilio’s deeply embodied practice resonates with urgency across today’s complex political and cultural landscape,” says Usdan Gallery director and curator Anne Thompson. “We are honored to bring this timely and moving exhibition to our campus and regional communities.”

As part of the exhibition, on April 15, Rojas will perform “Control the Bor(D)ers,” an improvisational sound and movement performance created with Bennington students and visiting music faculty Kyoko Kitamura.

“Control the Bor(D)ers” works specifically within the framework of the destruction of the North American ash forest by the emerald ash borer — an invasive species — to connect the rhetoric of invasion used both for pests and migrant communities to address xenophobia as a process of dehumanization.

The performance in Usdan Gallery starts at 7 pm. Usdan Gallery is open to the public from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. The show is up through April 22. Admission is free.

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