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Looking Back to See the Future

POSTER ART Exhibit and Opening Reception

Buffalo, NY – The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art opens its 2020 season with a Poster Art exhibit: Looking Back to See the Future. The Opening Reception will be held during Allentown’s First Friday event on February 7th from 6 to 8 p.m. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The event showcases archival posters from past exhibits at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue, which opened in 2014 at the Global Justice Ecology Project space.

The gallery’s exhibits have tackled major political and social themes: climate change, environmental destruction, political repression, Indigenous Peoples’ rights and struggles for justice around the globe.

“Humanity is facing what is perhaps its greatest challenge with the mounting ecological and social crises around the world. We are going to have to look at lessons from history– peoples’ history–if we are going to identify ways forward. The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery was founded as a way to help do that and this exhibit of posters showcasing our past work is a celebration of that mission,” said Anne Petermann, co-director of the gallery and Executive Director for Global Justice Ecology Project.

The next exhibit at the gallery, Chile: Peoples’ Uprising– photos and video from the front lines, opens April 3rd. It will feature photographs and videos shot during the ongoing people’s uprising in Chile by Buffalo’s Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann. Their work was shot in Chile during November and December of 2019.

The ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art was founded to utilize art and photography to present a historical look at movements for change, struggle and everyday life. It is designed to counter the societal amnesia from which we collectively suffer—especially with regard to the history of social and ecological movements and issues, and to inspire new generations to participate in the making of a better world.

The name of the gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, is a concept stemming from Indigenous and other cultures of the Southern Americas. ¡Buen vivir! means life in harmony between humans, communities, and the Earth–where work is not a job to make others wealthier, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.

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Chile: Peoples’ Uprising Exhibit

An Exhibit of Images from the Front Lines

We are happy to announce this upcoming exhibit. Photos and videos were shot in November and December of 2019 in the ongoing People’s Uprising in Chile. From Santiago and Temuco’s streets to the Indigenous Mapuche land occupations in the communities of Liempi Colipi and Quilape Lopez, Anne Petermann and Orin Langelle had the honor of being part of the uprising as documentarians. The Red Masks in Resistance movement photo below has history with the performance of !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path). The anti-rapist anthem and dance is planned to be performed by a local women’s group at the opening – lyrics and video below. 

Hundreds of women march together into Plaza de la Dignidad. Women have a lead role in the protests, including the Red Masks in Resistance movement, and created an anthem for women’s rights that has gone viral: ¡El Violador en Tu Camino! [The Rapist in Your Path]. photo Orin Langelle/Global Justice Ecology Project (2019)

April Exhibit at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art in Allentown, Buffalo

Chile: Peoples’ Uprising

An Exhibit of Images from the Front Lines

by Orin Langelle and Anne Petermann

A massive popular uprising in Chile began on 18 October 2019. Millions are demanding a new economic and political system in Chile and a new constitution. Chile’s existing Constitution was written during the Pinochet Dictatorship installed by the U.S. in 1973.

Women have a lead role in the protests, including the Red Masks in Resistance movement (photo above), and created an anthem for women’s rights that has gone viral: El Violador en Tu Camino also called ¡El Violador es Tu! [The Rapist is You!]. It is performed by women all over the world.

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY

Opening Reception: Friday, 3 April, 6 – 9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres & refreshments served

 

!Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path) is emblematic of the uprising in Chile. Well directed anger, spirit, strength, art and love:

Lyrics – Organized by a Chilean feminist collective, LASTESIS, the performance was titled !Un violador en tu camino! (The rapist in your path). The song and accompanying dance takes on the patriarchy as the cause both of violence against women and the victim shaming that often comes after. Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba, ni cómo vestía, they sang (and the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed). Please watch LASTESIS video below the English translation.

!Un violador en tu camino!

[Keep arms loose at your side, march in place to the beat for the first eight verses] El patriarcado es un juez

Que nos juzga por nacer
Y nuestro castigo
Es la violencia que no ves.

El patriarcado es un juez,
Que nos juzga por nacer
Y nuestro castigo
Es la violencia que ya ves.

Es feminicidio

[Place hands behind the head, squat up and down]

Impunidad para el asesino

[Repeat movement above]

Es la desaparición

[Repeat movement above]

Es la violación

[Repeat movement above]

[Run in place, but without lifting feet from the ground; move forearms up and down in sync with the feet]

Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba, ni cómo vestía
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba, ni cómo vestía
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba, ni cómo vestía
Y la culpa no era mía, ni dónde estaba , ni cómo vestía

El violador eras tú
[Extend right arm straight out in front of you, pointing]
El violador eres tú

[Repeat movement above]

Son los pacos
[Point left]
Los jueces
[Point right]
El estado
[Raise arms, pointing in circle around the head]
El presidente

[Cross forearms above the head]

[Move forearms up and down rhythmically, fist closed]
El estado opresor es un macho violador
El estado opresor es un macho violador

El violador eras tú

[Extend left arm straight out in front of you, pointing]

El violador eres tú

[Repeat movement above]

[Cup hands around mouth to amplify shouting]

Duerme tranquila niña inocente,
sin preocuparte del bandolero,
que por tus sueños dulce
y sonriente vela tu amante carabinero.

El violador eres tú

[Extend right arm straight our in front of you, pointing]

El violador eres tú
[repeat movement above]
El violador eres tú
[repeat movement above]
El violador eres tú

[repeat movement above]

A rapist in your path! (English translation)

The patriarchy is a judge
that judges us for being born
and our punishment
is the violence you don’t see.

The patriarchy is a judge
that judges us for being born
and our punishment
is the violence that have seen.

It’s femicide.
Impunity for the killer.
It’s disappearance.
It’s rape.

And the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed
And the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed
And the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed
And the fault wasn’t mine, not where I was, not how I dressed

The rapist is you.
The rapist is you.

It’s the cops,
The judges,
The state,
The president.

The oppressive state is a rapist.
The oppressive state is a rapist.

The rapist is you
The rapist is you

“Sleep calmly, innocent girl
Without worrying about the bandit,
Over your dreams smiling and sweet,
watches your loving cop.”

The rapist is you
The rapist is you
The rapist is you
The rapist is you

 

Video Note: The women wearing blindfolds relates to the fact that over 350 people have suffered by being intentionally shot in the head with rubber coated pellets by the Carabineros de Chile (Chilean National Police – the same but derogatory street word is Pacos).

 

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Women’s March Against Violence Toward Women in Temuco, Chile. photo: Langelle/GJEP

This was shot last November during the Women’s March Against Violence Toward Women in Temuco, Chile – Video below.

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Women involved in the protests taking place across Chile have been targeted for sexual abuse and rape by the Chilean National Police (carabineros), leading to marches around the country demanding an end to violence against women. Photo: Langelle/photolangelle.org

Excerpt From Human Rights Watch, Chile: Police Reforms Needed in the Wake of Protests – Excessive Force Against Demonstrators, Bystanders; Serious Abuse in Detention

The police detained more than 15,000 people and ill-treated some of them.

Of 442 criminal complaints filed by the National Human Rights Institute on behalf of victims of abuse, 341 refer to allegations of torture and inhumane treatment and 74 of sexual abuse. Many detainees allege they were brutally beaten by police. Another of the most common allegations was that police forced detainees, including children, to undress and squat fully naked in police stations, a practice banned by police protocols in March 2019 but that still occurs, including before the protests.

The police appear to be more likely to force women and girls to strip than men, based on data that the National Human Rights Institute collected and interviews Human Rights Watch conducted. A Chilean human rights lawyer told Human Rights Watch of a case in which men and women were detained in the same circumstances, but only women were forced to undress, and cases of police touching women’s genitalia after they were forced to strip.

For the full piece, go to: https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/11/26/chile-police-reforms-needed-wake-protests

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[Closing Reception Friday, June 7, 6 – 9 p.m.at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art, 148 Elmwood Ave., in Buffalo NY’s Allentown Art District. Hors‘douvres and refreshments served. The event is free and open to the public.]

The following photos were taken during the #notwhite collective’s Opening Reception, Friday, April 5, 2019 for their Buffalo, NY Premier Exhibit In Between the Middle held at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art. The #notwhite collective is a group of thirteen women artists elevating the stories of the others. They are based in Pittsburgh, PA.

There is a resemblance of the U.S. flag in their exhibit which you will notice in several of the photos below as a backdrop. The title is Mom, you know we’re all just shades of brown by Fran Ledonio Flaherty.

The photos of the opening below are by Orin Langelle / PhotoLangelle.org

Similarity

#notwhite collective member Fran Ledonio Flaherty and reflection of her hearing dog – Olympia

The #notwhite collective, with their art and message, brought seriousness and laughter together in one of the best – if not the best –  openings at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery since it opened in October 2014 with Climate Change: Faces, Places & Protest. I (Orin Langelle) hope the gallery continues to have exhibits that reflect the seriousness of our times with contemporary art and photography along with much needed humor while inspiring people, as the #notwhite collective says “…to share, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and outside the construct and context of white –not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with.”

Alison Zapata, from the #notwhite collective

#notwhite collective members Allison Zapata (l) and Sara Tang

The Collective’s Carolina Loyola-Garcia (l) and Santiago Masfererr from El Buen Amigo

A content young one with mother

Hugs

The name of the gallery, ¡Buen Vivir!, is a concept stemming from Indigenous and other cultures of the Southern Americas. ¡Buen vivir! means life in harmony between humans, communities, and the Earth – where work is not a job to make others wealthier, but for a livelihood that is sustaining, fulfilling, and in tune with the common good.

Smiles

Maritza Mosquera (l) from the #notwhite collective

Viewing “Warriors” a photograph by Liana Maneese

#notwhite collective’s Sarika Goulatia

From Left to Right Top Row: Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Bianca L. McGraw, Danielle AJ, Alison Zapata, Amber Epps Middle Row: Maritza Mosquera, Sarika Goulatia, N’gana, Sara Tang Bottom Row: Fran Ledonio Flaherty, Madame Dolores, Veronica Corpuz

From the exhibit

Well…

#notwhite collective Is a bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. Since 2016, they have met to share, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and outside the construct and context of white –not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with. They provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in America to move us all towards humanity.

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Media Alert: Closing reception for the #notwhite collective’s “In Between the Middle” art exhibit in Allentown

                 Media Alert                  June 6, 2019

 

What: Closing reception for the #notwhite collective’s In Between the Middle art exhibit

When: Friday, June 7, 6 – 9 p.m.

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art,  148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

notwhitecollective.com

#notwhite collectiveis a group of 13 women artists elevating the stories of the others. Those who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes; neatly in cultural categories.

#notwhite collective Is a bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. Since 2016, they have met to share, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and outside the construct and context of white –not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with. They provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in America to move us all towards humanity.

#notwhite collective members are: Sarah Aziz, Veronica Corpuz, Christiane Dolores, Amber Epps, Fran Flaherty, Geña, Sarika Goulatia, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Liana Maneese, Maritza Mosquera, Maggie Negrete, Sara Tang and Alison Zapata.

Contact: Orin Langelle <langellephoto (at )PhotoLangelle.org>

 

 

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In Between the Middle

Closing Reception: June 7, 6-9 p.m. Hors‘douvres and refreshments served

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art – 148 Elmwood Avenue – Buffalo, NY

All events are free and open to the public

#notwhite collective is a group of 14 women artists elevating the stories of the others. Those who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes, neatly in cultural categories.

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Join us for the closing reception of the #notwhite collective‘s premiere Buffalo exhibit:

In Between the Middle

#notwhite collective will be back from Pittsburgh

Closing Reception: Allentown First Friday, June 7, 2019

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art

148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14201

buenvivirgallery.org

Facebook exhibit event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/478967762845180/

Closing Reception: 

Friday, June 7, 6 – 9 p.m.
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

#notwhite is
a group of 13 women artists elevating the stories of the others. Those who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes; neatly in cultural categories.

And are bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. Since 2016, they have met to share, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and outside the construct and context of white – not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with. They hope to provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in America to move us all towards humanity.

#notwhite collective members are: Sarah Aziz, Veronica Corpuz, Christiane Dolores, Amber Epps, Fran Flaherty, Geña, Sarika Goulatia, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Liana Maneese, Maritza Mosquera, Maggie Negrete, Sara Tang and Alison Zapata.

Contact: Orin Langelle <orinl@globaljusticeecology.org>

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#notwhitecollective member Sara Tang in impromptu performance during the collective’s opening of In Between the Middle on April 5. The exhibit runs through June 7, 2019 at Buffalo’s ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art with the Exhibit Closing Reception June 7, 6 – 9 p.m. photo: Orin Langelle

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From April 6, Betwixt & Between, an night of poetry and spoken word. photo: Langelle

Closing Reception: First Friday, June 7   6-9 p.m. Hors‘douvres and refreshments served

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art – 148 Elmwood Avenue – Buffalo, NY

All events are free and open to the public

#notwhite collective is a group of 14 women artists elevating the stories of the others. Those who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes, neatly in cultural categories.

#notwhite collective is a bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. They have come together, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and without the construct and context of white – not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system they do not align ourselves with. In lieu of police brutality, calls for bans, for walls, they hope to provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in America to move us towards humanity.

What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible. -Theodore Roethke

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#notwhitecollective member Sara Tang in impromptu performance last during the collective’s opening of “In Between the Middle” yesterday evening. The exhibit runs through June 7, 2019 at Buffalo’s ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art. photo: Orin Langelle

By photolangelle on April 6, 2019

Don’t miss tonight’s event of poetry and spoken word at ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art – from #notwhitevollective – you’ll feel sorry if you miss it! 

¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art (148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14201).

Pittsburgh-based #notwhite collective and Buffalo poets celebrate National Poetry Month

The Pittsburgh-based #notwhite collective, a group of 12 women artists of bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant- or descendant-of-immigrants backgrounds, will present an evening of poetry and spoken word with Buffalo poets on Saturday, April 6, from 7-9 p.m.

The event kicks off the first weekend of National Poetry Month and is presented in conjuction with the Buffalo premiere of the collective’s art exhibit, In Between the Middle the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art.

Performers include Buffalo artists Danielle AJ, Bianca L. McGraw and N’gana, who will be joined by #notwhite collective members: Madame Dolores, HollyHood, Fran Flaherty, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Liana Maneese, Maritza Mosquera and Sara Tang. The event is open to the public, and ASL interpretation will be provided. Visit www.notwhitecollective.com or ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art for more information.

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Closing Reception: First Friday June 7   6 – 9 p.m.

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

from the #notwhite collective

April 5 through June 7, 2019

Opening Reception: Friday, April 5, 6-9 p.m.

Spoken Word Performances: Saturday, April 6  7-9 p.m.

Closing Reception: Friday, June 7  6-9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

Where: ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art – 148 Elmwood Avenue – Buffalo, NY

All events are free and open to the public

April 5: In Between the Middle Exhibit Opening Reception

Friday, April 5, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

A Buffalo premiere of the #notwhite collective

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments served

April 6: Betwixt & Between: An night of poetry and spoken word

Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7-9 p.m.

Pittsburgh-based #notwhite collective and Buffalo poets celebrate National Poetry Month

The Pittsburgh-based #notwhite collective, a group of 12 women artists of bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant- or descendant-of-immigrants backgrounds, will present an evening of poetry and spoken word with Buffalo poets on Saturday, April 6, from 7-9 p.m. The event kicks off the first weekend of National Poetry Month and is presented in conjuction with the Buffalo premiere of the collective’s art exhibit, In Between the Middle at the ¡Buen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art (148 Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo NY 14201) which runs through June 7, 2019.

Performers include Buffalo artists Danielle AJ, Bianca L. McGraw and N’gana, who will be joined by #notwhite collective members: Madame Dolores, HollyHood, Fran Flaherty, Carolina Loyola-Garcia, Liana Maneese, Maritza Mosquera and Sara Tang. The event is open to the public, and ASL interpretation will be provided. Visit www.notwhitecollective.com for more information.

artist bios

Danielle AJ is a 22 year old poet, actress and writer based in Buffalo, NY, who strongly believes in the power of expression and how it effects communities and builds bridges and breaks systems. She loves the simple pleasures like writing love poems, knitting and eating full cartons ice cream in bed.

Madame Dolores is a multi-platform, multi-disciplinary artist employing sound, vision, text, and performance as storytelling tools creating radical, controversial cultural engagements. At the root of her practice are questions about our humanity as she rewrites new mythologies. A recipient of the Pittsburgh Business Times WomenFirst award in 2017, she has received awards, grants and commissions from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, August Wilson Center, Advancing the Black Arts, Pennsylvania Council for the Arts and the Trinidad Theater Festival among others.

Amber Michelle Epps is a multidisciplinary artist who creates work using various found and discarded objects from nature and other unexpected places such as thrift stores. The work that she creates is inspired by spirituality, humanism, and the occult. Amber, also known as HollyHood–the “mom of Pittsburgh hip hop”–recently released her newest album Yellow Jacket.

Fran Flaherty is a deaf artist living in Pittsburgh for over 25 years. As a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, her work is centered in issues surrounding migrant family relations and assimilation, maternal feminism, disability aesthetics, and social work. A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Studio Arts Program, Fran’s work has been shown nationally and internationally. She was recently named in Art 511 Magazine’s “Top Ten NYC Artists Now.”

Carolina Loyola-Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker, and educator. She works primarily in media arts, including single-channel video art, video installations, video design for theater, digital printmaking, documentary, and has ventured into performance through theater and dance. Her work has been shown in the United States and abroad, and has been supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Pittsburgh Foundation and the Heinz Endowments among others.

Bianca L. McGraw is a Pure Ink Poetry Slam Co-Host and Event Coordinator, Higher Education Advocate and international practicing multimedia installation/performance artist that uses art, poetry, performance and space as a vehicle for discussion about identity, diversity and perspectives while exploring personal, societal and communal experiences.

Brazilian born, Pittsburgh raised Liana Maneese is an award-winning activist, artist, visionary entrepreneur, and catalyst for new and creative ways to engage. She is an Afro-Brazilian transracial adoptee on a mission to excite folks around the power of personal responsibility, knowledge of self, and how that power can be harnessed to change the world. Adopting Identity: The Exploration of Lies, Luck, and Legitimacy, raises questions about interracial relationships and building emotional resiliency.

Maritza Mosquera is a visual artist, poet, painter, and cook whose creations often accompany dialogues with community. Her written and visual work has been presented regionally and nationally, as well as in Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ireland, and Chile. Her work has been funded by the Multi-Cultural Arts Initiative of the Pittsburgh Foundation, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Americans for The Arts, The Buncher Foundation, The Snow Foundation and Arts Midwest.

Marielle (She/They) stage name N’gana, is a Buffalo native and mother of two, who enjoys writing and performing her work that is reflective of her experiences as a queer black femme. Since 2016 N’gana has been organizing with her political home Black Love Resist in the Rust /Just Resisting, a local people of color community organization dedicated to dismantling the white supremacist hetro- patriarchal society by empowering , educating and healing Black and Brown  people. She believes one of the greatest acts of resistance is finding healing through artistic expression. She currently co- facilitates Black Magnolias, a Black and People of Color creative writing workshop with Richie Willis and is a Contributing writer for FlaggrantCity.com, an online blog site https://flagrantcity.com/author/noirdelacreme/

Sara Tang is an artist, illustrator, and creative facilitator who has called many places home, including Pittsburgh. Tang is the founder of the creative collaborations community Sip n’ Sketch Pittsburgh. She has worked with those who have been affected by cancer and other life experiences in creative therapy excavation workshops. She has studied the arts at the Rhode Island School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and with Immanuel Icons. draw-me-in.com

#notwhite collective is a group of 14 women artists elevating the stories of the others. Those who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes, neatly in cultural categories.

#notwhite collective is a bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. They have come together, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and without the construct and context of white – not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system they do not align ourselves with. In lieu of police brutality, calls for bans, for walls, they hope to provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in America to move us towards humanity.

From a video shot on February 16, 2018 at Pittsburgh, PA’s South Side Brew House Gallery:

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