Correspondences Socrates Sculpture Park

With Correspondences, multidisciplinary artist duo Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya offer multiple entry points for spectators to engage with questions of being, interdependence, and coexistence. The human body (performer and observer), machines, natural elements, and the urban square mingle in an entangled poetic microcosm while opening inquiries into animate life and environmental ethics.

Single bodies are enclosed inside transparent chambers partially filled with sand. Bodies are donned with gas masks as they try, time and again, to rise to standing. At intervals, machines attached to the chambers trigger a blast of sand causing the performers to lose their footing, sinking them back down into the ground. This seemingly perpetual eruption repeats throughout daily performance activation periods of Correspondences, both with and without performers.


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Sculptural Installation Performance co-conceived, directed, and designed by
Ximena Garnica and Shige Moriya


Socrates Sculpture Park, 2021

Performed by the LEIMAY Ensemble:
Masanori Asahara*, Krystel Copper*, Ximena Garnica*

Documentation Images:
Shige Moriya, Pavel Antonov,

Presenting/Producing Credit: Co-presented by Socrates Sculpture Park and LEIMAY

Development/Funding Credit: Supported, in part, by the Café Royal Cultural Foundation, the Mertz Gilmore Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts, the City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


Other Credits:
Jeremy D. Slater (sound composition), Irena Romendik (costume fabrication).
Correspondences was first developed at LEIMAY’s studio in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

*Core Ensemble Member



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  • 2021
  • Socrates Sculpture Park
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  • United States (New York)