SKIN: A Meditation is a multi-media installation (Film | Poetry | Sound) that speaks to the subjects of identity, acceptance, respect and understanding. It is a collaboration with 4 artists: 
Valerie Barnes (co-creator/cinematographer/editor); Julia Knight (co-creator/writer/narrator); Timothy Cramer (sound + installation design); Kimia Rahgozar (photography). All artists are based in New York City except for Kimia Rahgozar who is based in Tehran, Iran.

SCREENING: We will be showing this film on the half hour a few times each day. We encourage you to select from the ticket/showing times at the event link below as space is limited in the room that the film will be shown in.
For more information on the film and the group of people who have made this, see below.
Not to be missed:

SKIN: A Meditation

Opening Reception:
Friday, March 24th, 2017 6pm-9pm
The Cleveland Collection
2529 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland Ohio 44113.

Friday - March 24th 6-9pm
Saturday - March 25th 2-5pm
Sunday - March 26th 1-4pm

Select a time for a screening here:
(15 person max per time)


ABOUT: The heartbeat of the installation is two powerful poems written by Julia Knight. It speaks of the intimate relationship she has with her skin while also expressing her wish for her daughter’s skin.  Being a woman, a daughter and a mother, whose family is multi-racial, the poems touch on the challenges she has faced in her past and those that continue present day.  These challenges translate into Julia’s concern for her daughter’s skin and the hope that it only be touched and spoken to in way that honors it.

The poetry also touches on Julia’s melanoma diagnosis.  This new awakening further deepened the relationship to her skin and it serves as a reminder of its ever-changing form as she moves through her life cycle.

Through the installation, viewers are asked to reflect on their skin's history.  How do they experience their skin?  How do they relate to others' skin?  How has skin played a role in their lives, both socially and politically?  Do they feel trapped or empowered by their skin?  If their skin could talk, what stories would it tell?  

The artists' intention is to blur the line that creates division between people based on age, race, gender, and they seek to begin a dialogue about self-respect, protection and perception.  

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Valerie Barnes -- Cinematographer, Editor + Exec. Producer and Co-Creator of SKIN

Valerie's films have been included in museum and gallery exhibits such as The Chelsea Museum, and The City Museum of New York. They have also been screened at The Desert Museum in Palm Springs, and AIA in NYC. Her video collaboration with Mihoko Suzuki titled "Jessica Finds Her Way" was included in the 24th Instants Video Festival held in Marseilles in 2011 and in the Int'l Art Expo held in Venice in 2013. In August 2013, she collaborated with Julia Knight and Kimia Rahgozar on "Passerby", a a multi-media exhibit held at Etemad Gallery in Tehran. Most recently, her cinematography work on Jil Guyon’s short video series, “Widow” was selected for numerous film festivals including Lincoln Center’s Dance

On Camera 2014 Festival and Tour, Cine Dance, Quebec City (2015); and SF Dance Festival (2016). "Widow" won awards for Best Experimental Film and Best Short Film from the La Jolla Indie Film

Festival. "She holds a BS in Music Education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh PA.

Julia Knight -- Writer, Actress + Executive Producer and Co-Creator of SKIN

Julia Knight has a background in Theatre, TV, Film and commercials. Her television work has included appearances on Law & Order SVU (NBC), The View (ABC), Body and Soul (PBS) and All My Children. She has also done multiple voice-over campaigns and on-camera commercials. Most recently, Julia was in a play called "If All The Sky Were Paper", a benefit for the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse. In 2017, She will appear in a film called "20 minutes of Action", about the Brock Turner rape case. She served as a panelist on 2 seasons of "Coffee Shop

Confessions" on the popular Cafe Mom social network site for mothers. As part of a collaboration with Valerie Barnes and Kimia Rahgozar, Julia also performed, wrote poetry and text for "Passerby" a multi- media exhibit held in August at Etemad Gallery in Tehran. She holds a BFA in Drama from University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

Timothy Cramer -- Sound Designer + Installation Designer for SKIN

After receiving a degree in architecture form Pratt Institute, Timothy began in the architectural, exhibit and AV design fields. Today he creates interactive sound and media for several Northeast museums and historical institutions. CramerSound, his multi-disciplinary media facility in Soho, specializes in audio and exhibit design, sound composition & production services for film, radio the web, theatre and dance.

Kimia Rahgozar -- Photographer + Contributing Artist to SKIN

Kimia's work has been shown in numerous galleries across the world including Canada, Dubai, England, Iran and Turkey. Her solo exhibitions include: Photosophy, a performance in Etemad Gallery (Tehran), Bronx Documentary Center + Leica Gallery (New York), You (Mekic Art Gallery - Montreal), Group Exhibits include: Iran Contemporary (1x1 Gallery, Dubai); She has also been invited to lecture and present Photosophy at Boston College (2013) and NYCAMS (2011). Most recently, she collaborated with Valerie Barnes and Julia Knight on "Passerby", a multi-media exhibit recently held in Etemad Gallery, Tehran. Kimia holds a BSc degree in Electronic Engineering from Azad University, Tehran, and is a member of IRAN.

AIPA and CAPA (Canadian Art Photographers Association).