As part of the online exhibition "breathe • rest • play"
on the platform In Transit, end of residency exhibition
To see the exhibition, follow this link (opens up in a new window):
About the exhibition:
"breathe • rest • play" is an end of residency exhibition showcasing works by artists Mira Hirtz, Abi Ola and Naomi Harwin. In a world that places a constant demand on productivity, this exhibition is dedicated to individuals in need to breathe, rest and play – as the title conveys. Whether you are going through a challenging time, living with disabilities, chronic illness, or facing mental health challenges, this exhibition is for you.
The works on display and its accompanying workshops invite you to hold space for yourself and others, both present and absent in this online space. This means opening your heart and granting yourself permission to let go of all judgments, even if only temporarily. Alongside the exhibited works are prompts that encourage you to interact with them and share your experiences/pieces to be displayed in the Open Gallery. Through this, the exhibition hopes to foster empathy and compassion, showing that strength and evolution can come from sharing a space.
Let this exhibition be a space where you meet yourself and others with complete openness, honesty and love. A space for you to breathe • rest • play, a time to heal.
About "Breathing Spaces":
If the connective tissues in our bodies are stressed and hard, then movement is blocked. The flow of information, nutrition and oxygen changes and so do our thoughts, our mood and way of being-in-the-world.
As part of her residency with In Transit, Mira has been researching creative tools that address the harsh pace of stress, tiring states of chronic health conditions and the never ending pressure for productivity. She named one of such tools ‘breathing spaces’. Breathing spaces are spaces in which we soften, rest, heal and practice a tender relationship to ourselves and others. This breathing space consists of drawing imagery, formulating movement scores and collaging not only shapes but also the gaps and emptiness in between.
Moving and practising with others is key in Mira’s research. She is grateful to her colleagues and friends who join her in movement and reflections.
The following photos show parts if Mira's digital collage "Breathing Spaces",
2023 © Mira Hirtz