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American Chameleon Reading Groups: In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker
September 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
In conjunction with American Chameleon: The Living Installments, FringeArts and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art are offering reading groups to facilitate a deeper engagement with the academic and analytical texts that have influenced Kosoko’s work. Following a Syllabus for Peace that Kosoko has designed, participants will read a text reflecting on the influences of white supremacy and institutional racism on Black and Brown bodies, and the work ahead to imagine restorative and justice-filled futures. Audiences will gather with three scholars and thinkers to listen to a short presentation on the text, split into discussion groups organized by respective cities, and return to a larger group to have a broader conversation. Sessions last 90 minutes and will take place on Zoom.
Audiences are invited to sign up for one of the three workshops. Below you will find additional information about the three facilitators and the different sessions. Please note that these reading groups are a space of learning, listening, and deep reflection, and that FringeArts and PICA are emphasizing the centering of voices of color in this conversation.
The Reading Group for In Search of our Mothers’ Gardens by Alice Walker will be facilitated by Lisa Jarrett.
Lisa Jarrett is an artist and educator. She is Associate Professor of Community and Context Arts at Portland State University’s School of Art + Design. She is co-founder and co-director of KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Harriet Tubman Center for Expanded Curatorial Practice in NE Portland, OR, and the artists collective Art 25: Art in the 25th Century. Her intersectional practice considers the politics of difference within a variety of settings including: schools, landscapes, fictions, racial imaginaries, studios, communities, museums, galleries, walls, mountains, mirrors, floors, rivers, and lenses. She exists and makes socially engaged work within the African Diaspora. She recently discovered that her primary medium is questions.