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The Power of Art for Social Transformation-"Intervention: Indigo. Protest, Mutual Aid andReciprocity"-"LauraAnderson Barbata "
Indigo, is a project that combines procession, performance,
dance, music, textile arts, costuming, ritual, improvised interactions with the
audience, and protest. Presented in Brooklyn in 2015 and in Mexico City in 2020.
The work is a call to action to serve and protect—and a protest in response to
the violence and murder at the hands of the police of Black people living in
this country and all over the world. The point of departure is the color
indigo, a dye that is used around the globe and associated with protection,
wisdom, and royalty. At the onset of the pandemic, my work moved from
reclaiming the metaphorics and symbolism of protection implicit in the color
indigo, to literally making masks to serve and protect the people most affected
by the pandemic: our QTBIPOC communities, who responded with powerful examples
of reciprocity. This talk will focus on how an artistic intervention evolved
into a practice of mutual aid. "

Apr 26, 2021 05:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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