CEZNJA: BORN LONGING (tales and songs from croatia)
CEC ArtsLink presents CEZNJA : BORN LONGING (tales and songs from croatia) by Brooklyn-based singer Abena Koomson, known for her role as Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti in FELA!, and acclaimed Croatian visual artist Kristina Leko.
This new piece stems from an earlier work by Leko, a 2005 film and photography project Amerika, which offered portraits of five elderly Croatian women living in Astoria, Queens. CEZNJA: BORN LONGING connects these women and others in the Croatian community with a diverse collective of musicians, storytellers, dancers, and art-makers through interviews, community gatherings, and performances. The project will culminate in a presentation at The Kitchen, with additional events planned in Queens, where many Croatians currently reside.
Participating artists include Elana Bell, Zeljka Blaksic, Marcella Bonich, Mahogany Browne, Mirjam Busanich, Rachel Busanich, Sarah Dahnke, Ivica Gasparic, Karma Mayet Johnson, Dara Lazar, Adam Matta, Caitlin Meissner, Lynne Procope, Kate Quarfordt, Allison Schlegel, Margaret Zgombic, Nori Boni Zorovich.
CEZNJA : BORN LONGING continues One Big City, a series of collaborative residencies and events produced by CEC ArtsLink in partnership with leading cultural institutions to engage New York’s diaspora communities through international arts initiatives.