Astrid Kensinger Almkhlaafy
Astrid Kensinger Almkhlaafy is currently assistant professor at Nanyang Technological University’s school of art design and media in visual communication. She holds an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in classical & near eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. She works in the tradition of Somatics, where direct experience and the body are key ingredients in exploring the inner world through physical engagement with location. As an artist much of her understanding of place is through walking and mapping. Her current major projects involve investigations of sacred and historically rich sites, examining the process of pilgrimage and methodologies of performing and delineating such actions. Her work has been shown in Asia, America and Europe.
While at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture, Astrid has been working on a series of studies based on the number 20. She is inspired by Penelope and the theme of waiting. Using GPS, video and photography, she has been mapping distance and time with a focus on repetition, patience, endurance and occasional humor. To wait 20 years is epic. In a series of 20 studies time will explored and Penelope honored.
Τhe works under the title // 20 in 20 // were exhibited at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture 16th of July 2013 evening 20.30