Art Making in Dark Times: Reading and Conversation with Gabrielle Civil and Samantha Fuentes

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$5    |  Feb 21, 2020  |  7:00PM - 9:30PM

Join us for a conversation and reading with Gabrielle Civil and Samantha Fuentes about creating art and finding joy in dark times. Civil and Fuentes will read from their work and be in conversation on finding resilience through art making. Gabrielle Civil is a black feminist performance artist, poet, and writer, originally from Detroit MI. She has premiered fifty performance works around the world, most recently with Wild Beauty at the Velocity Dance Center in Seattle (2020). She is the author of the performance memoirs Swallow the Fish (2017) and Experiments in Joy (2019), currently longlisted for The Believer Book Prize in Nonfiction. She was the lead contributor to Experiments in Joy: a Workbook (2019) and her writing has also appeared in Dancing While Black, Small Axe, Art21, Obsidian, Kitchen Table Translation, and New Daughters of Africa. A 2019 Rema Hort Mann LA Emerging Artist, she currently teaches critical studies and creative writing at the California Institute of the Arts. The aim of her work is to open up space. Samantha Fuentes was one of those wounded in the Parkland shooting. Along with bullet shrapnel permeating her body, PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and death threats, she has gained a powerful resolve to fight gun violence and to uplift the voices of the silenced. She is a poet and performer who uses social media to push for change in gun laws, and tours the country speaking out to prevent mass shootings. She works closely with Angel Faces, an organization that serves girls who have endured all types of trauma. Many of the girls have been injured at the hands of someone else; car accidents, dog attacks, and acid attacks. Samantha came to Angel Faces fragile, scared and exhausted. Giving her a place to exhale from her highly charged traumatic event, she found bravery and self-love. This program is part of “Beside The Edge of the World.” Support for “Beside The Edge of the World” is provided by the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, the Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation, the Pasadena Art Alliance, and WHH Foundation.