How can writing ground us in the present to help us dream into the future? Through the lens of Afrofuturism, poet, curator, and artist Anaïs Duplan and artist Nikki Gamboa will lead an experimental writing and visioning workshop focused on imagining spaces for liberation, both on and off the page. This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America.
No writing experience is necessary to participate. Through group prompts and exercises, participants will be invited to reflect on their own visions for the future and will have the option to share with others. Please bring something to write with and on.
This event is free, open to all, and takes place over Zoom meeting. Register now.
Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. He is the author of a book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture (Black Ocean, 2020), a full-length poetry collection, Take This Stallion (Brooklyn Arts Press, 2016), and a chapbook, Mount Carmel and the Blood of Parnassus (Monster House Press, 2017). Duplan is the founding curator for the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, an artist residency program for artists of color, based in Iowa City. As an independent curator, he has facilitated artist projects in Chicago, Boston, Santa Fe, and Reykjavík. Duplan’s video and performance work has been shown at Flux Factory, Daata Editions, the 13th Baltic Triennial in Lithuania, Mathew Gallery, NeueHouse, and the Paseo Project, and will be exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in LA in 2020. He was a 2017–19 joint Public Programs fellow at The Museum of Modern Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem. He now works as Program Manager at Recess.
Nikki Gamboa is an interdisciplinary Costa Rican visual artist living and working in New Jersey. They’re delighted by the marriage of painting and sculpture. Gamboa is currently an MA candidate in the Aesthetics and Politics program at California Institute of the Arts.
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This session will be led virtually through Zoom, a free video-conferencing software. Participants should have access to a computer, smart phone, or tablet with Internet access. Participants may also dial in using a phone line.
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