Rochester Community and Technical College is honored to host Zoe Cinel’s, “Too Hot to Handle” in the Art Gallery through December 17, 2021.
Zoe Cinel is an interdisciplinary artist and curator working with public art, video art, performance and installation. Originally from Florence, Zoe currently resides in stolen Mni Sota Makoce land where she is the Curator at the Rochester Art Center. Zoe holds a BFA from ISIA Florence and an MFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her curatorial and artistic work has been exhibited in venues such as at the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Recipient of several grants including a 2018 Creative City Challenge, Zoe is also part of the artistic collective CarryOn Homes who focuses on highlighting immigrant stories in MN. She has taught at institutions such as Carleton College and the Minneapolis College of Art And Design. Since 2020, she has been involved as an artist in the Discovery Walk project by DMC Rochester.
This exhibition features new installations about a very personal experience I have been going through since 2020, when I was diagnosed at 28 years old with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis)*, an autoimmune inflammatory disease I inherited from my maternal grandmother. In the last year I experienced the fatality of negotiating life with chronic pain, meds and a defeating health care system in a foreign country and during a pandemic. This show is a self portrait and it’s process: it’s raw, clinical yet intimate. A celebration of the many times I was made way too aware of the existence and the clash of my own cells.