HAUS OF TRAUMA
Mongolia / Denver 2019
Interactive installation, performance, sculpture, drawing, sound, olfactory
Enter the Womb
Haus of Trauma is a fictional world and symbolic live-healing playhouse consciously happening day by day inside the warehouse frame.
Utilizing multi-disciplinary (interactive installation, performance, sculpture, drawing, sound, olfactory) methods of investigation and expression, Haus of Trauma explores the connection between trauma and healing personified through the stages of process, production then deconstruction, death and ending with rebirth, renewal.
What’s your poison? How does it make you feel? Whatever it is I’m addicted to, or ever have been addicted to, it’s not what it is but what it does – to me, to you, to anyone. Trauma is the dis-connection to self. Anything we’ve ever craved helped us escape emotional pain. It gave us peace of mind, a sense of control and a feeling of euphoria. The primary drive behind pain is the need to regulate the situation to something more bearable. When happiness is threatened at a deep level by traumas not resolved, we seek to solve the problem and restore the happiness craved.
Haus of Trauma proposes a non judgmental, all accepting mother temple, a conceptual safe haven and brave space for self-awareness, reflection and re-connection to self — providing a container to open up to the traumas, regressed hurts, allowing the hidden monsters visible, tangible. By exposing retrospective experiences to light, healing is introduced and amplified possible through the power of collective empathy and human communion. In isolating the subject matter, the meaning of its existence is heightened, advancing the fundamental and compassionate notion of the interconnectedness of humanity. Haus of Trauma urges us to use the discomfort all around us in politics and the wider world mayhem to examine the wrong in our collective psyche and to seek to correct it.
The artist will be in performance and spiritual purge throughout duration of exhibition. Up until opening reception date premiering Friday, October 18th, 2019 – artists will be in process of building the exhibition center piece “uterus alter” installation using ritual performance and technique. Visitors are invited to experience artist in performance during open studio hours and partake in the free “Fallopian Egg” making public art workshop and the “Healing Yurt Project Symbolic Object Offering Drive” throughout the exhibition.
Additional free public workshops throughout exhibition include “Cry!” workshop on Thursday 10/10/19 from 6pm—8pm, and “Building Community Resilience through Courageous Conversation and Healing Workshop” talk on Thursday 10/24/19 from 6pm—8pm.
Exhibition partnering advocacy organizations include Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado, The Blue Bench, Womxn’s March Denver, Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC) and Caring for You and Baby (CUB) from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology University of Denver.
H.O.T Open Studio Hours Starting October 5th:
Mondays 11am – 3pm
Haus of Trauma Free Public Events and Workshops:
Opening Reception: Friday October 18, 2019 | 6—11pm featuring DJ SL8R (Sarah Slater).
“Healing Yurt” Project, Symbolic Object Offering Drive
Visitors are invited to leave any one (1) personal object of symbolic significance that represents an experienced adversity or challenge they seek to depart with inside gallery. Donated objects will be used for Healing Yurt project series in 2020.
“Fallopian Egg” Making Art Workshop with Artist (supplies provided)
Every Monday 11am—3pm | Wednesday 2pm—6pm | Saturday 11am—3pm
Inviting the public to make giants eggs with the artist using plaster cloth wraps and egg molds, instructions provided.
“Cry!” Silent Crying Workshop with Artist (supplies provided)
Thursday 10/10/19 from 6pm—8pm
“Cry!” is a two hour silent (no spoken word), free format, emotional workshop inviting all who want to purge, de-stress, let go or simply cry in the safe embrace of a community. The workshop provides a safe, non judgmental, no explanations necessary space for all who seek to tap into emotions they seek to let go in the form of tears and bond through the power of empathy. Hugging and physical embrace allowed. White flowers will be gifted to attendees upon exiting space.
The Blue Bench – (Exhibition Partner in Prevention Organization)
Information about sexual assault, prevention and care resource materials provided by The Blue Bench organization throughout exhibition.
The Blue Bench’s mission focuses on eliminating sexual assault and to diminish the impact it has on individuals, their loved ones and our community through comprehensive issue advocacy, prevention and care.
“Building Community Resilience through Courageous Conversation and Healing Workshop” Presented by Womxn’s March Denver, Trauma & Disaster Recovery Clinic (TDRC) and Caring for You and Baby (CUB) from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology University of Denver and Eriko Tsogo
Thursday October 24, 2019 | 6—8pm
The workshop will facilitate a discussion of the current socio-political climate and the impact on personal and professional roles and identities. Participants will be invited to engage in an interactive community art component that allows opportunity to share stories of adversity and healing. Participants will be invited to discuss ways to nurture and sustain themselves and share resources and strategies to build community connections and resilience.
Workshop will take place on Thursday, October 24th 6-8pm at the Understudy Art Gallery, Downtown Denver (890 C 14th St., Denver 80202).
Understudy is free-to-visit and open to all.
Eriko Tsogo is a Mongolian American cross-disciplinary artist, art management professional, civic engagement project developer, immigrant and women’s rights activist, and DACA recipient born on the steppes of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She is an alumni of Denver School of the Arts, having attained her B.F.A (2012) from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and Tufts University. She is based in Denver and mindscape Mongolia, but lives bi-coastally in the US. Eriko has had numerous art shows, curatorial projects and art residencies throughout the United States and Mongolia. Eriko is represented by Tappan Collective art agency in Los Angeles.
In 2018, she founded the “International Yurt Art Residency Program” an artist-in-residence program focused on facilitating artist exchange in rural Colorado, and between Colorado and Mongolia. Eriko is the creator of the “Dream Yurt”, “Healing Yurt Gender Equity Festival”, and “Sole Patchwork of Life” social justice inspired projects dedicated to promoting kinship across our differences while eradicating social barriers through the power of art, empathy and community.
Since 2006, Eriko has worked as the Creative Director at the Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado. She is a published author of two art books, and the founder/designer of “HiliteDreamer” and “DAC|AMERICA|LIEN” call-to-action apparel collections honoring marginalized identities. Her first animated short film entitled “Tears of the Sky” premiered at the 2019 Colorado Dragon Film Festival.
In 2019, Eriko was one of twenty-five international Mongolian artists selected to be part of “Contemporary Mongolian Art Biennial: Innovating Tradition” at the The World Bank in Washington, DC. She collaborated with Motus Theater for the “UndocuAmerica Performance & Media Project”. Her interactive art installation “Mongovoo” was selected for permanent exhibition at the Meow Wolf Museum in Denver. Eriko currently serves as Commissioner for the Office of Denver Commission of Cultural Affairs under Mayor B. Hancock.
Artist’s Website: http://www.erikotsogo.com/
Understudy is located at the Colorado Convention Center / Theatre District light rail stop near 14th and Stout. Look for the B-Cycle station next to the light rail tracks or Shantell Martin’s art bench.