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    Rehearsing Change | Fostering a culture of radical self-care

    Workshop with Valentina Vella

    We all have stories to tell that could enrich the world, whether through words, sounds, or any other expressive act. But sometimes, our voices can’t come out freely because the body is trying to keep us safe. It isn’t just acute trauma that shifts us into survival mode. Stress does that too, and in a complex, profoundly unequal and ecologically imperiled world, most of us don’t feel at ease. In this workshop, Valentina Vella will guide us through somatic exercises based on the Polyvagal Theory and her own embodied artistic practice that will give us a taste of what is possible when we work with and not against the needs of the body and the nervous system.

    About Valentina Vella
    Valentina Vella writes and makes art about love, failure, embodiment and post-capitalist imaginaries. She is an interdisciplinary artist, performer and poet born in Rome, Italy. Valentina holds an MA in English literature from Roma Tre University and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and Media from Columbia College Chicago. She was the recipient of a College Art Association Fellowship in 2014. Her current research as an arts organizer revolves around the idea of practicing art as a commons and finding ways of creating a mutually supportive art community.

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    This workshop is part of the Embassy of Health program during Dutch Design Week. This year the Embassy of Health focusses on how and especially which mindset contributes to moving towards a chronically healthy society.

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