CULTURE: Broken Heaven - May 13 & 14 (5.13.19)

CULTURE: Broken Heaven - May 13 & 14 (5.13.19)

The formerly incarcerated artist Pingo’s new exhibit, "Broken Heaven," explores the lives of prisoners and offering audiences an opportunity to journey inside those walls, learning about the day-to-day horrors and the possibility of personal redemption.

Featuring 30 unique canvasses, ice sculptures, and installations, the exhibition kicks off today, May 13, from 6 - 10 PM, at 7 Franklin Place in TriBeCa. The exhibit is only 2 days, and is worth braving the weather for.
"Broken Heaven" is an experience for viewers to learn that the American dream is not a reality for everyone. We spoke with Pingo to learn more…

Tell us about the exhibit:

The exhibit explores the transformation of discovery and rebirth that can occur when a person loses control of their circumstances. As the series proceeds, audiences are confronted with the daily reality of trauma, where the person’s entire life has been subsumed to an all-controlling system intended to degrade their humanity and inflict permanent psychological trauma.

The exhibit explores the concept of a “broken hallelujah.” Hallelujah is a word of celebration and rejoicing. It is a word of triumph.

As children, we are pure. But into and through adulthood, we are corrupted by the experience of life. We are traumatized.

The exhibit comes from a place of deep pain. But it does not stop there.

A broken hallelujah seeks to transcend the dismal realities of existence – to become alive rather than simply survive. It involves a rebirth of the human spirit that finds the power to celebrate despite all obstacles and to affirm its own humanity. A broken hallelujah honors the rebirth of a broken soul.


What makes the exhibit so unique?

The exhibit asks viewers to think about their own lives through the examination of another person’s life. We all have our own problems. We all need to be reaffirmed. We all need to find our version of a broken hallelujah.

It opens the possibility that through perseverance, the human spirit can find its own power and transcend the narrow, immediate situation and become, in effect, reborn.

Why show the work in Tribeca of all places?

Both the location of Tribeca in Lower Manhattan and the underground space where most of the works are exhibited in the gallery are intended to create a juxtaposition of the broken hallelujah coming from a low place, a place we might find ourselves, but that we can arise from to be reborn in spirit.

What are you most looking forward to with this show?

Watching as viewers experience the progression. It will be jarring. But I believe they will see themselves in each work and feel the possibility of transformation, that we have the ability to truly celebrate the life within ourselves and affirm our individual humanity.

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