Opening Sunday, November 12th, at 1PM
Following the model of her remarkable artist workshop and public performance during Alphawood Gallery’s past exhibition Art AIDS America, renowned performance artist Karen Finley returns. As a counternarrative to the forced removal and incarceration of Japanese Americans explored in Then They Came for Me, Finley will guide invited local artists in the development of performances or rituals that create alternative spaces and dynamics offering shelter, acceptance and justice. The artistic focus will explore the questions: How do artists respond to our urgent social concerns? Where do we begin or end and sustain our practice in these times? How do we participate in creative resistance and keep a sense of agency? The results of this workshop will be shared at a public performance on November 12. Finley recently performed as part of Bruce Yonemoto’s critically acclaimed political film Far East of Eden paralleling the Japanese American incarceration camps with today’s political climate.