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Opening Reception | Athena LaTocha and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira Exhibitions

BRIC Contemporary Art invites you to the opening of Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of ... and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani.


Sep 29, 2021 • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM


Timed Entry: We will be offering a staggered opening for this event. Please RSVP for one of three hour time slots.




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Athena LaTocha. Photo: Courtesy of the artist

BRIC Contemporary Art invites you to the opening of Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of... and Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani.

Exhibition Dates: September 29, 2021 - January 9, 2022

Opening Date: September 29, 2021 5-8pm, BRIC House

Timed Entry: Please RSVP for a one-hour time slot for our opening reception event on September 29, 5-8 pm. This will allow BRIC to limit the amount of people in the space. Please plan to keep your visit to no longer than an hour. 

Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of...

Working on the floor of an immense studio, Athena LaTocha created In the Wake of … over a 55-foot long expanse of photographic paper, vigorously layering water,  ink, soil, and other materials across its surface, and marking it with impressions of rocks and such industrial detritus as metal scraps, concrete bricks, and tire shreds.  LaTocha works with a largely abstract language in the elaboration of immersive works that express her profound relationship with the land. She conveys time and space as deeply layered, relentlessly impacted by natural and human forces, and often, by traumatic cultural and social histories. 

Learn more about the exhibition here:

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani

Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira: The Mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani contains two elements, a composite video and a large-scale handmade ceramic musical instrument. The video documents the artist, also known as Koyoltzintli, performing a series of rituals in which she introduces herself to the landscape of Ulster County, New York, the place she was quarantined over the past year. Miranda-Rivadeneira enacts alli kawsay, a Kiwcha word for balanced living with the earth, something learned from years of watching her mamita enter a new landscape and salute. This act of harmonizing with the landscape becomes a form of “languaging” using Walter Mignolo’s term, a disruptive space between being and belonging, thinking and writing. Drawing on the air or on the ground, in an impermanent mark made with stones, mud, ice and branches, these simple iconographies echo ancestral pictographs that are universal, ancient, and urgent. These videos aim to address our intersectionality with the earth, the responsibility to acknowledge the first stewards of this land and the natural environment.

Learn more about the exhibition here:ñuka-kani


Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, The mountain I am, Urku ñuka kani, video still, 2021

COVID Protocol

In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, attendees of any BRIC House programming must show proof of vaccination for entry in addition to a photo ID that matches vaccination record. While BRIC remains committed to creating open and accessible visual art experiences for all of New York City, we must also ensure the safety of our staff, our audiences and the communities that we serve. If you have questions regarding this protocol, please email For our full BRIC House vaccination policy, visit:

Athena LaTocha: In the Wake of.... is generously supported by the Harpo Foundation.

Venue Information:

BRIC House is Brooklyn’s cultural living room: a 40,000 square foot multi-disciplinary arts and media complex in the former Strand Theatre, where emerging and established artists can create work that deepens their practice and engages the diverse communities of the borough. **In accordance with the Key to NYC mandate, please note that this event will require proof of vaccination for entry. View our full COVID-19 safety protocals here.**

BRIC is committed to welcoming people of all abilities. The main floor of BRIC House has an accessible entrance on Rockwell Place, in addition to an accessible, all-gender bathroom. The BRIC Media Center, located on the 2nd floor, is accessible via elevator. The Gallery level is accessible via a wheelchair lift. Portable FM assistive listening devices are available for programs on the Stoop and in the Ballroom upon request. To make a specific access request, or to let us know other ways we can provide you with a welcoming experience, please contact Emma Osmundson at or 718.683.9350.