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A Truthful Mirror: Closing Events

A Truthful Mirror: Closing Events
January 16th, 6pm - 10pm
PM: A Conversation on Reimagining A Truthful Mirror
7 PM: An Interactive Workshop with Amy Khoshbin
Free & Open to the Public

Project for Empty Space
2 Gateway Center
Newark, New Jersey

Join Project for Empty Space Wednesday, January 16th from 6 - 10pm for a closing conversation and interactive workshop for our current exhibition "It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror." The closing events will take place at 2 Gateway Center, Newark at the PES gallery.

At 6pm PES Co-Director, Jasmine Wahi, will host a conversation with artists DARNstudio, Dominique Duroseau, and Shaun Leonardo about the politics and portrayal of Black bodies moving throughout the American landscape today. As with the exhibition, this talk will be colored by the legacy of James Baldwin’s writings, including "This Morning, This Evening, So Soon" (from which the exhibition takes its title), and his exploration of Black positionality in White space in the 1960s.

This conversation will be followed by "Workshop on the Street," led by House of Trees artist Amy Khoshbin. This interactive workshop creates an inclusive space for the public to create their own wearable political gear with phrases and iconography, made from colorful felt in the form of banners, signs, sashes, capes, or badges. Workshop on the Street engages the community in social action and encourages a physical artistic response to the political landscape as an artistic act of participatory democracy. Make your protest gear for the 2019 Women's March!


About Workshop on the Street:
"Workshop on the Street" is an extension of the House of Trees art collective's project Word on the Street, which started around the 2017 Women's March and is an ongoing text-based art initiative directly responding to the current political climate with original political and poetic banners created by all-female artists and writers in collaboration with female refugee fabricators based in Texas. Current collaborators include Carrie Mae Weems, Tania Bruguera, Anne Carson, Amy Khoshbin, Laurie Anderson, A.M. Homes, Wangechi Mutu, Jenny Holzer, House of Trees, Naomi Shihab Nye, Fereshteh Kasraei, Kifah Mohammed, Issraa Jawad.

About the exhibition:
"It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror," an exhibition in collaboration with the For Freedoms initiative. The exhibition was inspired by and takes a line from James Baldwin’s short story “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” and explores the themes that are still relevant over half a century after Baldwin’s work was published. Participating artists in It is astonishing the lengths to which a person, or a people, will go in order to avoid a truthful mirror include Amy Khoshbin, Bang Geul Han, DARNstudio (David Anthone & Ron Norsworthy), Dominique Duroseau, Kambui Olujimi, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Melvin Harper, and Shaun Leonardo.

Earlier Event: November 26