Writer and artist Mai'a Williams elucidates the persistence of white supremacy in the cultural landscape of a small town in Minnesota, and reflects on the intimacies with place, family, community, empire, and violence that weave through her creative practice.
I. Looking Directly Into the Face of Empire…More
Backyard Histories: Bethany Lacktorin and Nik Nerburn in Conversation
Artists Bethany Lacktorin and Nik Nerburn gathered in a Google Doc to discuss how their story-based work engages with the contours of local culture, through sound, performance, film, and photography.
Helen holds a polaroid of herself at the "Window to the West" streetside photo and painting exhibit at the Esmond Hotel, West Duluth, MN. Photo: Tim White.…More
We Are All We Have: The Practice of Neighboring
Ashley Hanson and Mary Welcome—both traveling artists working in rural places—team up to articulate their work as a practice of neighboring, in order to show how mutual exchange, compassion, and care can shift the narrative of artistic success.
Some questions without answers, conversational flashcards by Nicole Lavelle. Photo: Mary Welcome, 2018.…More
Getting to the Golden Hour
Michele Anderson, the Rural Program Director at Springboard for the Arts in Fergus Falls, explores how insider/outsider narratives shape perceptions about rural places, and how the complex ways we relate to a place can give rise to our responsibilities within community.
Image of flooded access road from "13 Roads in Otter Tail County," a short film by Nik Nerburn.…More
Notebook: Now, Here
Writer, public artist, and cultural organizer Shanai Matteson ponders the slow work of relationships, the language of social practice, the threat of extraction, and the consequences of drawing boundaries, in the first of two dispatches from the pathway of the Enbridge Line 3 oil pipeline.
My uncle and my kids exploring an old gravel pit near Palisade. …More
Towards a Local Practice
Matthew Fluharty, the incoming guest editor of Mn Artists, outlines the vision for his editorial series focused on “local practice”—challenging urban-normative ideas not just about place, but also about audiences, outcomes, disciplines, and the temporality of artistic work.
Matthew Fluharty, “Family Video”. August 18, 2016.…More
Writer and ethnographer Nicole Nfonoyim-Hara responds to Mn Artists Presents: Jovan C. Speller, Choosing Home: A Right, A Privilege or an Act of Trespass, which took place at the Walker Art Center earlier this month.
Rosy Simas, transfuse: a breathing, contemplation, clearing, a transition. Photo by Carina Lofgren, courtesy Walker Art Center, Minneapolis.…More
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