Aviva Rahmani, ecological artist
Aviva Rahmani's biography

Aviva Rahmani - Narrative Biography

Ecological artist Aviva Rahmani’s PhD, “Trigger Point Theory as Aesthetic Activism,” was awarded from Plymouth University, UK in 2015. That research contributed to the Blued Trees symphony (2015- present). The 16-month long international work has been installed and copyrighted in the path of natural gas pipelines at multiple sites. It is an aspect of Gulf to Gulf (2009- present), a NYFA sponsored project exploring how art might change climate change policy.

Aviva Rahmani calls her practice, “performing ecology.” She began her career as a performance artist in the late sixties as the director and founder of the American Ritual Theatre (1968-1971), which performed through out California. Her work has been exhibited and published internationally and she has produced over twenty one-hour raw Gulf to Gulf sessions which have been viewed on line from eighty-five countries. “Trigger Points/ Tipping Points,” a precursor to Gulf to Gulf, premiered at the 2007 Venice Biennale. In 2009, she began presenting performance workshops on her theoretical approach to environmental restoration. The first event was at the Survival Academy, Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of her participation as a formal observer for the University of Colorado at Boulder (UCB) at the United Nations IPCC conference on climate change.
Rahmani received an Arts and Healing Network 2009 award for her work on water. In graduate school, she was teaching assistant to Allan Kaprow, and is currently an Affiliate at the Institute for Arctic and Alpine research (INSTAAR), UCB. Previous ecological art projects have resulted in the restoration of a former dump site to a flourishing wetlands system Ghost Nets 1990- 2000 (www.ghostnets.com) and helped catalyze a USDA expenditure of $500,000 to restore 26 acres of critical wetlands habitat (the Blue Rocks project) in the Gulf of Maine. In 1999 and 2000 Rahmani was a recipient of the Nancy H. Gray Foundation for Art in the Environment grant for her work on the Ghost Nets project. She was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Ecology Residency with the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) to work on the Newtown Creek superfund site in 2015.

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