Guest Talk: Intervention: Indigo - Protest, Mutual Aid and Reciprocity, with Laura Anderson Barbat

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation

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Apr 26

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Russell Hall 101

Gottesman Libraries 1st Floor

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Intervention: Indigo, is a project that combines procession, performance, dance, music, textile arts, costuming, ritual, improvised interactions with the audience, and protest.

Presented in Brooklyn in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2020. The work is a call to action to serve and protect—and a protest in response to the violence and murder at the hands of the police of Black people living in this country and all over the world. The point of departure is the color indigo, a dye that is used around the globe and associated with protection, wisdom, and royalty. At the onset of the pandemic, my work moved from reclaiming the metaphorics and symbolism of protection implicit in the color indigo, to literally making masks to serve and protect the people most affected by the pandemic: our QTBIPOC communities, who responded with powerful examples of reciprocity. This talk will focus on how an artistic intervention evolved into a practice of mutual aid.

Born in Mexico City, Laura Anderson Barbata is a transdisciplinary artist currently based in Brooklyn and Mexico City. Since 1992, she has initiated long-term projects and collaborations in the Venezuelan Amazon, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico, Norway, and the United States that address issues of social justice and the environment. Her work often combines performance, procession, dance, music, textile arts, costuming, papermaking, zines, and protest.

Recipient of Anonymous Was a Woman Award, and grants from FONCA Mexico. Her work is in various private and public collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; el Museo de Arte Moderno, México D.F.; and Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary TBA21-Academy.


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Poster Image: Book Cover for Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, Courtesy of Artist Ricardo Rodríguez

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation, is energized by the recently published book, Illuminations of Social Imagination: Learning From Maxine Greene, (Dio Press, 2019), edited by Courtney Weida, Dolapo Adeniji-Neill, and Carolina Cambronero-Varela.

"The concept for this book is inspired by the late Maxine Greene (2000), who described her enduring philosophical focus and legacy of social imagination as “the capacity to invent visions of what should be and what might be in our deficient society, on the streets where we live, in our schools” (p. 5). The purpose of this volume is to examine and illuminate the roles of community organizers and educators who are changing lives through public art and community arts projects. This research originally emerged from a well-attended 2018 conference presentation and exhibition at Teachers College, Columbia University, engaging with the local and international community of arts education and arts administration."

-- Publisher's Description

Artivism: The Power of Art for Social Transformation offers multimodal events where presenters share how art, research, community outreach, and other endeavors serve to transform the status quo and nurture change for continuous action in search of a more just society. The mission of this interdisciplinary, multi-institutional collaboration is to engage people in changing society through the power of art. The program is jointly sponsored by Adelphi University, Sing for Hope, and Gottesman Libraries.



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