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COMPASS KETCHUP: Margaret Bellafiore


If you haven’t had the pleasure, then prepare to meet the artist/activist/educator MARGARET BELLAFIORE, who has been making her presence known in the Boston community for over 20 years now. Bellafiore made her way to Boston from her Staten Island hometown while studying at SMFA. After graduating in 1993, she became involved with MOBIUS and has been a Mobius Artist Group member ever since.

Mobius is a unique organization, as we run the space ourselves,” remarks Bellafiore,“and that is a daunting undertaking in these difficult economic times for artists. Daunting, but supportive of each other and each other’s art practice.” 

Over the years she’s collaborated on a number of experimental projects with the non-profit arts org, participated in their artist exchange program to Macedonia and Croatia and exhibited a broad range of work in its Central Square location. Her first installation at Mobius was the award-winning “On Becoming My Great Grandmother,” a collection of anecdotal histories that attempted to capture the little of what individuals heard or remembered about their great grandmothers. Since then, the scope of her work has expanded to investigate an array of social, political and environmental issues. 2008’s sound installation “Combat to Campus” featured interviews with veterans returning to Bridgewater State (where Bellafiore is currently a professor of fine art) while “The New Earth” addressed global warming and subsequent natural disasters. (By the way, she’s also a Climate Reality Leader, after having completed a training program initiated by Al Gore.)

You can learn more about the artist for yourself at her upcoming exhibition “BODY LANGUAGE: AN INTERACTIVE INSTALLATION EXPLORING THE IMPACT OF TRAUMA” @Mobius (55 Norfolk St, Cambridge) 9/13 & 9/14. This collaborative project with writer and activist CHRISTINE CISSY WHITE attempts to communicate our emotional and physical reactions to severe stress, and explores “how the brain/body responds to trauma.




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