It's National Coming Out Day! For the last three years on this day I've thought about where we are as a society in regards to tolerance, acceptance, and respect for the LGBTQ+ community. Though we still have a ways to go, the perspectives I’ve shifted in my own life through dance and conversation have created a beautiful ripple effect. For anyone just starting off their journey, know that there is a community of people who are here, listening, and striving to improve our circumstance. ❤️🏳️🌈
10 months ago
I’ve painted 24 little paintings in the last 48 hours and I’ve learned so much! The great thing about painting lots of little things is you can take big risks, play, try new things, and make mistakes. If things don’t work out, you just move on to the next teeny tiny painting. No huge loss of time or emotional distress😂. Lots and lots of room for discovery.
These little paintings are my favorite to make. I can’t wait to share them with you at my opening at @momentumclimbingseattle on Friday. .
Details are in my stories:)
See you there!
"I dream a dream that dreams back at me." - Toni Morrison
18 months ago today Yellow House opened its doors. Not just the physical space, but the work of lifting up artists, building communities, speaking truth, and creating experiences for deep human connection...in our golden abode and beyond. I absolutely love the work I have the privilege to do everyday...even when it is kicking my ass. The dream of creating an artistic practice that is equal parts creating, curating, agitating, teaching, building, and loving is well underway. It is lovely, even with its flaws. .
And to the amazing people who have risen up around this idea to shape it, own it, feed it, and lead it I THANK YOU...truly. Artists, writers, students, families, activists, neighbors, Ken Knight residents, doctors, collectors, musicians, children, elders, actors, truthtellers, volunteers, teachers, curiosity seekers, storytellers, collaborators, co-conspirators, fighters and lovers...YOU ARE THE DREAM THAT DREAMS BACK AT ME.
La Vaughn Belle
All Warriors. “I Am Queen Mary”
Queen Mary, not a fictional legend from songs of the Caribbean, was one of three women that organized and rioted against Dutch and US imperialism in St. Croix.
More at www.iamqueenmary.com
#TalkingToAction 🗣️|“The struggle for the Black Power, the defense of the territory, and the safeguarding of our traditions are ancestral cultural practices for all Black communities in the world. For us action and reflection are part of the process of knowledge transmission. This in order to build tactics of empowerment, neutralize the terror strategies of capitalism and to protect the territory. With my work I seek to establish connections that reveal our shared legacy." – Liliana Angulo Cortés
📸: Image c/o Jason Mandella photography. Works on view: Pacific Time, 2017, 3-channel video installation. A Book About Dignity.
A Folioscopic Project by Liliana Angulo Cortés, 2016 Publication
Pereira, Colombia: AÚN 44 Salón Nacional de Artistas, project of Ministerio de Cultura and the Alcaldía de Pereira.
This exhibition is curated by Bill Kelley, Jr. (@bkelleyjr1), Curator and Lead Researcher with Karen Moss, Consulting Curator. Talking to Action is organized by Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and managed as a traveling exhibition by Independent Curators International (ICI)(@curatorsintl). Please refer to our website for a full credit list.
2 days ago
I’ve been thinking about the role of art in activism. A friend sent me this: “For those who think that art and activism are separate spheres, that was a moment to remember that only in the western world do we shy away from the meshing of art and politics.
It’s not a question of subject matter - I don’t have to write book about oil companies, rather I have to remind myself and others that art opens the imagination and asks us to find solutions that are about connections, not separations.
Life is a whole or it is nothing.
Art is part of that change.
Everything that happens, happens first in our imaginations.” -Jeanette Winterson
What do you think?
2 days ago
News headlines such as “Trump Followed His Gut on Syria. Calamity Came Fast” and stating that the the war against ISIS was all a waste, Turkey Claims To Have Won A Key Syrian Border Town From Kurdish Forces ... how can this be ok! This is insanity. Years of fighting ISIS with our support and weapons and we leave them to be slaughtered along with the displaced civilians already living in tents. Not to mention this has already lead to the release/escape of jailed ISIS terrorists! And all of this without consulting anyone. Their blood is on your hands, Trump. How are our allies supposed to trust us in the future??? This is a collage I did as a small study of this contentious border between Turkey and Syria. Even in the details of my collage you see people. That is what is behind all of this, real people. Real are dying. #standwithourallies#impeachtrump#syriacrisis#turkeysyriaborder#collageart#fineart#artandactivism#borderswecreate#bluelavaart#honoryourword#trumpsucks#newyorktimes