Our Futures Are Woven with One Another:
Indigenous, Womanist, and Queer/Trans People of Color Artists, Activists/Organizers, Critics, and Educators in Dialogue
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán, Storme Webber, &
Christopher Paul Jordan
January 23, 2018
18th & Union: an arts space
1406 18th Ave.
(between Union St. & E. Pike St.)
This intersectional, interdisciplinary, multimedia panel brings together Indigenous, womanist, and queer/trans people of color artists, activists/organizers, critics, and educators from the greater Seattle and Tacoma areas to dialogue about how our pasts, presents, and futures are interwoven together. Panelists will discuss transformational shifts in their own work over time, insights gained from working in community, and potential areas for additional decolonial coalescings, collaborations, and coalitions.
Ahimsa Timoteo Bodhrán is an activist/organizer, critic, educator, and multimedia artist, employing visual, acoustic, performative, textual, and terrestrial approaches to produce his work. Currently at Rockland Residency's Butterfly House, Bodhrán is completing his third book and intersecting multimedia project, Yerbabuena/Mala yerba, a womanist/queer/trans multiracial (Indigenous, African, Latinx, Arab, Jewish) remapping of New York and California. From the South Bronx, he is grateful to be in Duwamish territory.
Storme Webber is a writer and interdisciplinary artist whose work resurrects invisible narratives of the lives of Two Spirits, working class queers, Black and urban Indigenous people, and women. Her solo show at Frye Art Museum, Casino: A Palimpsest, was recently reviewed in Art in America; and her current book/CD is Blues Divine. Casino "considered the intangible properties by which art and poetry are connected to family, ancestry, language, and public memory, revealing intergenerational, underground histories of resilience." (Minh Nguyen/Art in America)
Born and based in Tacoma, Washington (1990), Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to create infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated peoples. Jordan's paintings and sculptures are artifacts from his work in community and time capsules for expanding inquiry. Jordan co-directs the grassroots youth arts organization Fab-5, which empowers young people as creative leaders who inspire change in their surroundings.
Transient/Transcendent: An Artist Talk and Discussion with Beatriz Rodriguez, Tram Bui, and Luke Armitstead
February 15th, 2018
5623 Rainer Ave S, Seattle, WA 98118
This panel brings together current Rockland artist-in-residence, Beatriz Rodriguez, and Seattle-based artists Tram Bui and Luke Armistead to share their work and dialogue about how environmental surroundings, visible and invisible, influence work. Panelists will discuss the abstraction of architectural landscapes and how new ideas are formed by trying to capture transient moments.
A transcendent experience is transient. As artists, we are always trying to recreate it, yet we can never recreate the same experience, so new ones are birthed. This cycle of creating new ideas is inspired by fleeting moments we can never go back to. From natural selection, the tropism of flowers, the development of neighborhoods, to the universe itself, our surroundings are constantly being influenced by invisible forces.