A work in the exhibition I am you, you are too, Carey Young’s Declared Void II (2013) demands our attention now, more than ever. Join us as local artists step inside the piece to explore themes of immigration, citizenship, and nationalism through performance and discussion.
Nimo H. Farah is an artist, activist, and founder and artistic director of SALLI (Somali Arts Language and Leadership Institute), a nonprofit organization promoting art and literature the Somali community. A published author, Farah is also a 2014 Loft Spoken Word Immersion Fellow, a recipient of a 2015 Intermedia Arts VERVE grant, and a 2016 National Arts Strategies Fellow.
Fayise Abrahim is the organizing and training director at Voices for Racial Justice. She is a 2018 Artist Neighborhood Partnership Initiative grantee, a and a 2017 VERVE Spoken Word Fellow. Abrahim is also a poet whose work can be found on the sidewalks of East Franklin and 26th street in Minneapolis and in Break Beat Poets Anthology, Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic.
Pedro Pablo Lander/Doña Pepais a Minneapolis-based, Venezuelan performing artist, drag queen, and teaching artist with Upstream Arts and the Pillsbury House Theatre. This fall, Lander is producing seven Drag Story Hour performances for children and families, including at the Walker on November 3. They have performed at the Phoenix Theatre, Red Eye Theater, First Ave, Icehouse, and Lush.
Meena Mangalvedhekar is a multidisciplinary artist based in Minneapolis who uses a range of mediums including video, sculpture, podcast, and installation. She assists community organizations in creatively claiming and transforming public spaces. Her works are often ephemeral places where passersby can come together to make, relate, and participate.
Michele Garnett McKenzie leads the research, education, and advocacy team at Advocates for Human Rights and is responsible for the organization’s domestic priority issues, including migration and human trafficking. She has practiced immigration law for more than 20 years, representing asylum seekers and detained immigrants.
Please note: This program contains brief nudity.