Episode 5 UNCUT: Bel Falleiros and the Navel of Place

Chinatown, New York. Bel Falleiros is a Brazilian artist with an Architecture degree whose artistic research focuses on land identity. Starting with her hometown, São Paulo, she has worked to understand how contemporary landscapes, city tissue and its monuments (mis)represent the diverse layers of presence that constitute a place. Since arriving in the U.S., she has continued working closely with the land, creating space for grounding and exploring the stories and symbols that can unite us.

During our conversation—originally broadcast live as part of Montez Press Radio’s summer programming from their Canal Street studio in New York City—we dig into ideas related to identity, displacement and what it means to trace lines towards home in different ways: from movement to monument to music. What is revealed when tracing the line in these cities back even farther in an attempt to find their starting point - or as Bel describes, their navel? Hers is an artistic practice driven by the relationship established with the land when we investigate the stories that each place can tell us. Imagining all cities as born from a zero, a starting point, a navel, she envisions each arising from a primordial force that makes a piece of earth become a place. 

This uncut interview also features a series of songs from Luedji Luna, a Brazilian artist that brings Bel “home”. The selections are from the artist’s latest album, Um Corpo no Mundo. Check out her video from Banho de Folhas.

Bel working on her site-specific installation for Burnside Farm, Detroit, Michigan, 2017. @falleiros_bel #earthworks

Bel working on her site-specific installation for Burnside Farm, Detroit, Michigan, 2017. @falleiros_bel #earthworks

Episode 4: Emily Sara and the Body as Home, Part III

Part Three. In the final episode of this three-part interview, Emily’s story is brought into the present. At the start, the story picks back up in Los Angeles where Emily is at her wit's end - but then connects with a doctor who serves as a critical link to a unique program at the Mayo Clinic, setting her on a new trajectory with long game perspective as she builds her life in Richmond.

(Start with Part One for the full introduction.)

Emily's loft, Richmond, Virginia, 2018.

Emily's loft, Richmond, Virginia, 2018.

Additional Resources

Latoya Ruby Frazier

Episode 3: Emily Sara and the Body as Home, Part II

Part Two. After relocating to Los Angeles, Emily shares her first conversation with a new doctor and a renewed sense of hope. What follows are more twists and turns, from battling chemical addiction to healing and finding alternative paths where conventional methods are just not cutting it. 

(Start with Part One for the full introduction.)

Emily + Olive, Richmond, Virginia, 2018

Emily + Olive, Richmond, Virginia, 2018

Additional Resources

Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room

Episode 2: Emily Sara and the Body as Home, Part I

Richmond, Virginia. An artist and professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Emily Sara is also a healthcare advocate with plenty of hard-won wisdom. Since she was a child, Emily has navigated the challenging waters of the American healthcare system in a series of moves from coast to coast. In this three-part series, we talk extensively about healthcare—especially for women—and related moments of heartbreak, frustration, inspiration. In the process, resources are also revealed for others navigating the system. (See links below.)

But even more, Emily’s story is about finding her center in a body that has not made it easy for her. To say she’s comfortable in her own skin is a simplification, but she inhabits our most elemental structure in a way that is nothing less than revolutionary.

Part One. Emily shares her early experiences with the discovery of a challenging medical situation. Revealing the importance of a support system as well as a sense of humor, she ventures out on her own and eventually finds her way to Los Angeles.

Emily at her apartment in Richmond, Virginia, February 2018.

Emily at her apartment in Richmond, Virginia, February 2018.

Resources

Assisters and Agents/Brokers Links: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/

Mayo Clinic, Pain Rehabilitation Center: https://www.mayoclinic.org/departments-centers/pain-rehabilitation-center/overview

Women’s Center for Creative Work: http://womenscenterforcreativework.com

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (available 24 hours everyday)

Episode 1: Lauren Lizardo and the Flying Cloud

Yakima, Washington. Real talk with a woman who has taken the road less traveled - and taken it by storm in her 25 foot Flying Cloud Airstream. Meet Lauren Lizardo: storyteller, data-lover, and money boss. Lauren left the Bay Area five years ago to start her own business and take it on the road; she also pens The Sheconomista Report, a newsletter which began with a focus on women and money and has since evolved into a resource for lady entrepreneurs (sign up here). Our conversation focused on her trajectory over the past five years, from taking the leap to addressing the realities of ditching sticks and bricks to become a "full-timer". 

On the road with Lauren, Oregon coast, 2016. #homeiswhereyouparkit #homeonwheels #airstreamlife #rvlife @laursays_