A body / a sign : On Black subjectivity / interiority / finding tenderness: beyond political meaningfulness
Through voice and matter, artist-writer Mara Duvra considers possibilities for black subjectivity beyond the representation of otherness, making manifest calm, interiority, and gestures of tenderness.
In order to speak a truer word concerning myself, I must strip down through layers of attenuated meanings made an excess … over time, assigned by a particular historical order, and there await…
Feminizing the Axe
Jess Hirsch, founder of Women's Woodshop in Minneapolis, calls for a reworking of craft practices and the gendering of tools.
Photo credit: Studio Zu.…
Being In Place: Selma Fernandez Richter's "The Ache for Home"
Regan Golden responds to Selma Fernandez Richter's recent exhibition portraying the complex process of immigration, replete with joy and relief, sadness and anxiety.
Selma Fernandez Richter, Kristina and great grandmother Dhan Piakurel, Saint Paul, MN, 2011.…
Miriam Karraker contributes poems after Jennifer Nevitt’s "Sans Terre" at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, enacting the slippage between language and what is seen or felt.
Artwork by Jennifer Nevitt. Image courtesy of Minneapolis Institute of Art. keeps watch…
This Thing This Home: Stevie Ada Klaark In Conversation with Tia-Simone Gardner
Stevie Ada Klaark talks with visual artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar Tia-Simone Gardner about her tiny home turned mobile residency, The Inhabitation Project, and the balance between stability, mobility, and intimacy in artists' connections to place.
Tia-Simone Gardner and I met on a Wednesday morning at a local café in Northeast Minneapolis.…
The Inhabitation Project, photo courtesy of Tia-Simone Gardner.
A Deep-Rooted Sweetness: Bobby Rogers' The Blacker the Berry
Artist and writer Amina Harper dives deep into the lush imagery of Bobby Rogers, weaving together the fraught history of representing blackness, the transformative power in representing oneself, and the pressing need for diverse self-representation in the Twin Cities visual arts scene.
Artwork by Bobby Rogers, image courtesy of Public Functionary.…
A Braided History in a Time of Resistance
Arts writer Sheila Regan offers an embodied meditation on family, storytelling, and the strength and fragility of the body, following her experience with Kerel Kroul’s exhibition at the Rochester Art Center.
As I walked across Rochester, I felt bemused by the atmosphere created by having one of the world’s most prestigious, and expensive, hospitals plopped down into a small Midwestern city. It felt like wandering through a weird utopian health spa bubble.…
From Topographies of Loss and Longing by Keren Kroul. Image courtesy of the artist.