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LaShawnda Crowe Storm with Maria E Hamilton Abegunde: Keeper of My Mothers’ Dreams
November 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - January 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm
November 3-January 20
Open every first Friday 6-10 p.m.
About Lashawnda Crowe Storm
If life were a photo, then Crowe Storm’s artwork would be its negative, seeking to explore those aspects in our society that have been ignored or forgotten such as history, lynching, misogyny, slavery and suicide. Her art is a form of social work and she uses it to open doorways to community dialogue, which is the first step to healing, which in itself leads to wider social change. Through her work, a voice is given to the marginalized people and disregarded aspects of our society.
About Maria E Hamilton Abegunde
Maria E Hamilton Abegunde is a Memory Keeper, poet, ancestral priest in the Yoruba Orisa tradition, and a Reiki Master. Her research and creative work respectfully approach the Earth and human bodies as sites of memory, and always with the understanding that memory never dies, is subversive, and can be recovered to transform transgenerational trauma and pain into peace and power. She is a visiting lecturer in the department of African American and African Diaspora Studies and the founding director of The Graduate Mentoring Center at Indiana University.
A series of events accompany the exhibition:
December 3, 3-5 p.m.
BeComing Whole: It Takes a Village to Heal a Community
Join artists featured in Sister Song for a discussion about how the project developed and what it means to become whole through the process of making art that represents their own births. The artists will share why they accepted the invitation to participate, why they selected the “womb” that they did, how and why they selected the materials, what they learned about themselves in the process, and what was the most transformative part of this creation.
December 9, 3-5 p.m.
January 13, 3-5 p.m.
Afriye Wekandodis: Telling Our Stories to Be Free
Songs for Laura Nelson (Performance)
Singer, performer and Sister Song womb-maker, Afriye We-kandodis will present a two-part performance examining the themes present in Keeper of My Mothers’ Dreams. Sista Yo Mama U n Me Too shares the story of violation then reclamation and transformation as an enslaved woman grapples rape and how she spoke life into the spirit of a fellow tribesman who was used to violate her. Through the performance,I Am Laura Nelson she’ll bring voice and life to Laura Nelson.
January 20, 3-5pm
Keeping our Mothers’ Dreams Alive
For many of us, our mothers never spoke their dreams out loud. Sometimes, they did not dare dream them. We, however, are the ones they waited and are waiting for. We also have our own dreams. The power of dreamtime and the word are this: to remind us who we are, to soothe our souls, and to create futures that break away from the past but do not forget them. The exhibition will end with poetry readings, spoken word performances, and ritual to remember and give gratitude to all our Mothers’ Dreams.
This exhibit was made possible by the Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Alan Mills and Sun King
Pictured: LaShawnda Crowe Storm,”Untitled”(2017), bronze casting of pelvic bone
Image courtesy of Polina Osherov and the artist.