STAND UP: Women* You Should Know

Since moving to the U.S in 2001, I have committed my creative drive to supporting artists and developing contemporary immersive experiences that enrich and bolster the discourse in contemporary art and education in various communities. My practice is motivated by a dedication to providing vigorous learning experiences in the arts and support the voices and lives of disenfranchised and ignored cultures. 

Grappling with the socio-political changes and trauma of this past election, I felt a great sense of responsibility as a woman, curator, educator, and citizen to launch a platform supporting the voices of marginalized women of various background and disciplines in the creative field. 

STAND UP:  Women* You Should Know: is an interview and lecture series program where women* of various marginalized cultures come together to share conversations about artistic processes, education, community, and contemporary art practices. Interviews are published online [Big Red & Shiny] and lectures are held in local galleries [currently at The Mills Gallery at Boston Center for the Arts as part of Gertrude’s Salon conversation series]. 

Women*: We welcome anyone who identifies as cisgender, genderqueer, trans women, femmes, & non-binary people. 

JULY 10 – 13  - opening reception 7/10 6-10pm - Facebook event here

Silvi Naci in conversation with artist Magda Fernandez

July 11 6-8pm
Gallery Kayafas

Magda Fernández (b. 1957, Havana, Cuba) is a Boston based video artist. Blurring theater and performance, Fernández makes silent, diaristic videos that revolve around the duality of themes such as power, helplessness, fantasy, reality, memory and history. She has exhibited at the Copley Society of Art (Boston, MA), the Mills Gallery (Boston, MA), and Samsøñ (Boston, MA).

Magda Fernandez, querido cuba, 2017 | UHD video, silent, 5 min., 43 sec. | Edition of 5

Magda Fernandez, querido cuba, 2017 | UHD video, silent, 5 min., 43 sec. | Edition of 5

Thursday, June 22, 2017 | 6:30–8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

We conclude the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon with Silvi Naçi in conversation with Jimena Bermejo. We will be exploring the interdependent themes of belonging, immigration, borders and human relationships in regards to dance and performance art. With a background in dance and theater, Bermejo’s practice centers on creating intimate relationships with audience members by inviting them to be more physically engaged in her work.

“My artistic practice includes deep conversations on identity, race, power, boundaries and human physicality and behavior. Memories and music inspire my work. The movement is developed from a foundation of broad ideas leading to accepting and exploring themes and intersections.”—Bermejo

Jimena Bermejo is a multidisciplinary artist focusing on movement and performance. She sees her body as a tool to create a dynamic and intimate relationship with an audience. She elicits a combination of physical and emotional engagement in pieces woven from memories, music, social issues and human relationships. Recently, Jimena has shown her work at Le Lieu in Quebec, 808 Gallery in Boston, Mobius Gallery, Green Street Studios and The Dance Complex in Cambridge. She has also shown at the ArtBeat and SomDance Festivals in Somerville. Jimena is currently a member of Mobius Artists Group and Caitlin Corbett Dance She holds an MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Studio for Interrelated Media and a BFA in Dance from The Boston Conservatory and currently, she is faculty at Berklee College of Music, The College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, Boston Arts Academy and The Massachusetts College of Art and Design.

To learn more about Jimena’s work, please visit:

Jimena Bermejo-Black, performance, Mobius

Jimena Bermejo-Black, performance, Mobius

Carrie Mae Weems, "The Shape of Things” from the Africa series (1993) Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 

Carrie Mae Weems, "The Shape of Things” from the Africa series (1993) Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York. 

ISSUES OF POWER: The Space Between Ignorance & Acknowledgement

“I feel most colored when I am thrown against a sharp white background.”-Zora Neale Hurston

As a byproduct of a conversation with my dear friend and fellow artist Chanel Thervil, this essay grapples with issues of power presented within Carrie Mae Weems’ exhibition  “I once knew a girl...”  at the Cooper Gallery at Harvard University. Entering the exhibition, it feels like you are walking through halls of Nefertiti’s tomb, with offerings and images for an afterlife and sounds that guide us through history.

Throughout her work, Weems queries how power is propagated by and relates to architecture, gender, and race in Western art practices. Weems disrupts the divisions caused by being ignored, acknowledged, and being the frontrunner in her tableaus exploring black womanhood and femininity. Here, Thervil and I discuss Weem’s work in connection to our experiences and art making. --Silvi Naci

Read article in full on Big Red & Shiny


Mills Gallery
551 Tremont Street, Boston MA, 02116
12.08.2016 6:30-8pm

Read interview on BR&S: STAND UP: Silvi Naci in conversation with Dell M. Hamilton

Fallen Angels Reina #3

Fallen Angels Reina #3

Hamilton’s work draws not only on the historical conventions of photography and performance art, but also on the history of black theater, the written and oral traditions of black and Latina women writers and the contradiction and exuberance of drag performance. Her latest series,  Fallen Angels: Making Sense Out of Nothing, investigates the relationship between persona, performance and photography through the conflation of characters inspired by Central American folklore, personal memory and family history.

Dell’s artist talks, solo performances, scholarly lectures, and collaborative performances have been presented to a wide variety of audiences in Boston and New York as well as in France, Italy and Chile. Born in Spanish Harlem (New York City), and with ancestral roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, her practice wrestles with the social and geopolitical constructions of memory, gender, race, language and history through the mediums of photography, video, drawing, installation and performance.

To learn more about Dell’s work, please visit or follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @dellmhamilton

Fallen Angels Reina #7

Fallen Angels Reina #7

Thursday, March 9, 2017 | 6:30–8pm
Mills Gallery at the BCA
Free and Open to the Public

Full Interview on Big Red & Shiny in conversation with Furen Dai.

Furen Dai, Message through Generations

Furen Dai, Message through Generations

Continuing the third season of Gertrude’s Artists Salon on the topic STAND UP: Women* You Should Know hosted by Silvi Naçi in conversation with video performance artist, sculptor and linguist Furen Dai. In this conversation we will be exploring the interdependent themes of language and cultural politics and class, in regards to economic conditions and performance art. With a background in linguistic study, and working as interpreter for several years in China, Dai’s practice centers on language and the culture built through it, reflecting on various forms of interpretation. In her previous work as interpreter, Dai was often in a position between two cultures attempting to examine where these two cultures met, overlap and where they differentiate. However, in her artistic practice, her voice as artist, as individual comes through in the interpretation of image making and documentation of both traditional and contemporary cultures in China, and ultimately giving voice to the women in the cultures she emphasizes in her work.

To learn more about Furen’s work, please visit or follow her on Instagram: @furendai

"I am a dancer, choreographer, performance artist, and dance educator with over 15 years of experience. Memories, music, and the body inspire my work.   Identity, race, and power fuel it. 

In recent years, I have created intimate relationships with audiences by setting them physically closer to the performance space and by inviting them to be physically active and therefore more emotionally engaged. The use of video and sculptural elements enhances the interaction with the audience while simultaneously deepening thematic content. I want the audience to interact and communicate with me and with each other."

STAND UP Pop-Up Exhibition at Gallery Kayafas
on view July 10-13

In Conversation with film-maker Magda Fernandez: July 11 -- TBD
Free and Open to the Public