Installation by IMNA ARROYO
A multidisciplinary visual art installation by Imna Arroyo . IROKO is a dialogue that addresses the intersection between spirituality and environmental consciousnesses. The exhibit features, IROKO Tree of Life, the art film by Imna Arroyo, Tao Chen and Jaime Gomez
IROKO is inspired by the sacred Tree of Life, known as Iroko to the Yoruba people of West Africa and those of the African Diaspora, Yaxché to the Maya, Kapok in Southeast Asia, Silk- Cotton Tree to Indigenous North Americans, and La Ceiba in the Caribbean, Central and South America. The tree is of great symbolic, spiritual, mythological, medicinal, magical, commercial, ecological and aesthetic import. Through the exploration of materials old and new, traditional and innovative technologies this multi-media installation focuses on the mysteries of nature using the Iroko/ Yaxché/ Kapok/ La Ceiba / Silk-Cotton Tree as an anchor to express the power of nature, its continuity and resiliency which hold the promise for a sustainable future if nurtured and honored.