Rachel Yurkovich, “Are You Civilized to Death?”; Sept 2nd – Oct 1st in auxiliary gallery

Are You Civilized to Death?
Rachel Yurkovich
Opening reception: September 2nd, 2022, 6-9pm

Rachel Yurkovich’s interests lie with the moments that puncture the human-versus-nature binary, when the natural world is interrupted by remnants of human activity and the built environment is interrupted by natural process. In Are You Civilized to Death?, Yurkovich presents a collection of looping videos and collage poetry that linger on these moments of dissonance, figuring our place in a changing landscape. Humming video representations of interfered moments loop alongside clusters of cut text poetry that ruminate on embodiment, frustration, and the ways we manage to connect with our world.

Are You Civilized to Death? opens concurrently with On Blocks: Repair Manual for an American Dream on Friday, September 2nd at Waterloo Arts Gallery (15605 Waterloo Rd) between 6-9pm. Following the opening reception, both exhibitions will be open to visit on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12pm-4pm, and by appointment on weekdays until October 1st. To request an appointment, email gallery@waterlooarts.org or call 216.692.9500.

Facebook event (opening reception)
Rachel Yurkovich collage poem reading
CAN Journal Fall 2022 article

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Rachel Yurkovich was born in South Carolina, but lived most of her developing years in Skopje, North Macedonia and Prague, Czechia.

She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture and Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2014. With an interest in living things and their movement as a medium, her work often ends up as video. Rachel was granted the 2014 First Agnes Gund Traveling Award, which allowed her to travel to Chernobyl, Ukraine for filming in the Spring of 2016. Following this opportunity Rachel’s work has been the subject of solo exhibitions at The Sculpture Center (Cleveland, OH), Bruce Gallery (Edinboro, PA), and the Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland, OH). Her videos have also been featured in film festivals such as the Barcelona Planet Film Festival (Spain), The Berlin Flash Film Festival (Germany) and the Sandalia Sustainability Film Festival (Sassari, Italy).

Rachel is currently living in Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and chickens, where she works for the Cleveland Metroparks.

IG: @rachelyurkovich.art

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