Graphic - Voices in the water © Goethe-Institut

Sa, 25.06.2022 -
Sa, 23.07.2022

Goethe-Institut LA Project Space

VOICES IN THE WATER is on view at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles from June 25 - July 23, 2022 on Thursdays - Saturdays by appointment.

To visit the installation, please select the date and time you wish to attend.
Voices in the Water is an embodied storytelling project created by interdisciplinary performance artist Nefertiti Charlene Altan and curator and cultural studies scholar Robin Garcia that centers the voices and experiences of latinx, immigrant, and indigenous individuals who have lived, worked, or moved through Macarthur Park.

Like the complex and layered history of the park, this project revolves around water and its sacred power to move, remember, speak and listen.
The artists asked nine individuals to share their stories of water and Macarthur park through an interview methodology that begins with a guided movement practice—Moving Your Inner Waters— to bring individuals into a somatic state. The sounds and memories that emerge when in a state of embodiment reveal intersecting streams of consciousness between one's inner rhythm, inner waters, and the waters around us. This sound installation is a reflection on how water has the power to act both as a historical container and a conduit to transmit memory. It is a meditation on the waterways and diasporic communities of Los Angeles, which are both in constant relationship with a changing urban landscape, an evolving climate crisis, memory, resilience, community survival, healing, and renewal.

We invite you to listen and connect to this sound installation and engage in an optional self-guided water ritual afterward.

RSVP via Eventbrite
Admission is free. All ages welcome.
Space is limited. Masks required.

Free Parking is available at Metro/Retail parking structure located at
676 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057 

Public transport is possible with the red line to MacArthur Park/Westlake stop.
Using carpool or ride-share options are appreciated.

Created and produced by: Robin Garcia & Nefertiti Charlene Altan, Sound Design and Arrangement: Nefertiti Charlene Altan, Assistant Sound Design and Arrangement: Robin Garcia, Sound Mix: Samantha Altán, PeaceYmusic Productions, Sound Recording: Nefertiti Charlene Altan, Robin Garcia, Movement methodology: Nefertiti Charlene Altan, Oral Storytelling & Vocals: Carmelo Alvarez, Mercedes Mijares, Joy Anderson, Lidia M Cáceres, Claudia Hernández Romero, Marcia A Lopez, Enrique Navarro, Hector Elorza, Chad Algarin, Percussion & Vocals: Nefertiti Charlene Altan, Production Assistance: Joy Anderson, Jenny Garcia, Public Relations: Sandy Rodriguez, Miller Geer & Associates. 

Nefertiti Charlene Altan
Nefertiti Altan is an indigenous-black queer interdisciplinary performance artist of Guatemalan roots that has created work at the intersection of the body, sound, rhythm, and place with artists from the Americas, Africa, and Europe for over a decade. Since 2013, she has lived in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil; studying, creating, and practicing contemporary and folk performing arts within a Latin-American context as an extension of her Afro-indigenous latinidad. In 2016, she received a technical degree in dance from the Bahia State Cultural Foundation (FUNCEB). She has studied and performed with esteemed mestres and pioneers of afro-Brazilian dance and music.  
She was a co-founder of Deslimites Mediações Artísticas, a collective based in Salvador, Bahia that created and taught contemporary dance methods and site-specific works within a feminist & anti-racist framework. The collective produced and presented more than 80 days of performances, panels, screenings, and workshops, reaching more than 1500 people as audience members and workshop participants in Brazil, Mexico, Uruguay, and online. Before moving to Brazil, she was a popular educator, and political education trainer with grassroots organizations fighting for the rights of working-class Latinx, Black, Indigenous youth, women, migrants, and LGBT communities across the U.S., Guatemala, Venezuela, and Colombia. She is currently in an MFA in the dance program at St Mary's College. 

Robin Garcia
Robin Garcia completed her doctorate in Cultural Studies from Claremont Graduate University with a focus on Latin American Studies and Globalization and Culture. Her dissertation project; "Community and Cultural Collectives in Contemporary Venezuela," looked at the role that community media and community museums, culture, performance, and activist collectives have played in recuperating popular versions of anti-colonial Venezuelan history. Robin has taught courses across the Humanities curriculum at several Cal State campuses, Antioch University, Pitzer College, Pace University in New York, and the University of Ibadan in Ibadan, Nigeria. She was an ACLS/Mellon Fellow at the LA County Department of Arts and Culture, where she was the lead program manager and evaluator on the county's Cultural Equity and Inclusion Initiative. Dr. Garcia is currently a fellow at the Intercultural Leadership Institute and is a Community Forward Programming Co-Director for WE RISE, an initiative that supports grassroots programming at the intersection of arts, healing, racial and social justice. Although Robin has worked in the arts and considers herself a theater artist, this is her first time collaborating on an exhibition.

Free Parking is available at Metro/Retail parking structure located at
676 S. Westlake Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90057 

Public transport is possible with the red line to MacArthur Park/Westlake stop.
Using carpool or ride-share options are appreciated.

This event is part of the Neighborhood Interpretive Center, a hyperlocal initiative of cultural programs that focus on and uplift the MacArthur Park/Westlake neighborhood and surrounding areas.