Honeyspace is a unique gallery located in Chelsea, New York City. It is run by an artist named Thomas Beale rather than a dealer and has no commercial purpose. Visitors often stumble upon the unmarked gallery, which is located in a raw basement. The fourth show at Honeyspace is called Portrait of Silvia Elena and is a memorial to a 17-year-old girl who was killed in Juarez, Mexico, in 1995 as a result of the unsolved femicides taking place in the area over the past ten years. The installation is a collaboration between two artists, Swoon and Tennessee Jane Watson, and includes sound recordings, shrine elements, and an intricate cut-out portrait of Silvia Elena. The installation is meant to bring emotion to the news stories of events taking place in Mexico.
Honeyspace is a gallery in Chelsea, New York City, that is different from other galleries in the area. It's run by an artist, Thomas Beale, and it's not like other galleries with guards and fancy walls. The space was donated to Beale by the building owner, and he decided to open it up to the public to show art that is more about the process of making art than selling it.
The fourth show at Honeyspace is called Portrait of Silvia Elena, and it is a memorial for a 17-year-old girl named Silvia Elena Rivera Morales, who was killed in 1995. It's a collaboration between two artists, Swoon and Tennessee Jane Watson. Swoon is known for her wheatpaste cutouts, and Watson is a documentarian and social activist.
When you visit Honeyspace, you have to go down to the basement to see the installation. It's a different experience from other galleries, and it's a somber mood. The installation includes sound recordings, a shrine, and a cut-out portrait of Silvia Elena by Swoon. The only explanation of the piece is on the corner of Honeyspace's street level.
The shrine is made out of flowers, candles, and posters of disappeared women. It's a way to remember the victims of femicides in Juarez, Mexico. Over 500 women and girls have been killed, and more than 1000 have disappeared. Most of the victims are young, poor, and have been sexually assaulted before their deaths.
Swoon and Watson met Silvia Elena's mother and recorded her story of Silvia's disappearance. They also visited Silvia's grave and brought back photographs of her. By inviting people to see this installation, Swoon, and Watson want to bring emotion to the cold news stories, we hear about events happening in Mexico. It's a way to remember the victims and to understand that this is happening in a place that is close to us.