Art, Decolonization & Action for Puerto Rico

July 25, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m.

In connection with the exhibit David Rios Ferreira: And I Hear Your Words That I Made Up, Rios Ferreira and members of The Root Social Justice Center discuss art as a vehicle for activism, the challenging narratives of colonization, and its persistence in current social and political structures.

David Rios Ferreira (b. 1982, Bronx, NY) has exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and abroad, including CoCA (Seattle, WA), Nemeth Art Center (Park Rapids, MN) and Kunstraum Richard Sorge Gallery (Berlin, Germany). He has held residencies at the Lower East Side Printshop (New York, NY), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY), and The Center for Book Arts (New York, NY). Awards include a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship, the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship from the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, a National Association of Latino Arts & Culture Fund for the Arts grant and the ArtSlant Grand Prize. Rios Ferreira lives and works in New York and Jersey City. He holds a BFA from The Cooper Union.

The Root Social Justice Center provides a physically and financially accessible space in Southern Vermont for social justice groups to meet, and is a hub for racial justice organizing. The Root prioritizes People of Color leadership and shifting resources to People of Color-led racial justice work. The Root operates collectively to sustain a space that strives to be free of oppression, harm, and injustice. Collective members Ezlerh Oreste, Vanessa Santana, and Angela Berkfield will share their personal experiences with the impacts of colonization and they will bring a call to action.

The exhibit David Rios Ferreira: And I Hear Your Words That I Made Up and related programming is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Ford Foundation, Southwest Airlines, and the Surdna Foundation through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.

ADMISSION: Free
Free off-site childcare provided; ASL interpretation available

 

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