While art is always political, the rancor and unrest of US politics in recent years have moved many artists to engage with politics more directly. How do art and politics interact? How does politics feed artists' imaginations, and how does art affect political thought? What political responsibilities do artists have? Do those responsibilities change when political issues feel especially urgent?
Join us September 29 for a Consider This (formerly Think & Drink) conversation with three Oregon artists whose work often addresses political themes: Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani, poet and visual artist Demian DinéYazhi', and multidisciplinary artist and educator Sharita Towne. Adam Davis, executive director of Oregon Humanities, will moderate.
This event will be streamed live on YouTube and on this page beginning at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 29. At 6:00 p.m., there will be a breakout conversation on Zoom for viewers to discuss their responses to the conversation. To participate in the breakout, RSVP here. You will also be able to submit questions for our guests.
About our guests
Anis Mojgani is the current Poet Laureate of Oregon. A two-time individual champion of the National Poetry Slam and winner of the International World Cup Poetry Slam, he has been awarded residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, AIR Serenbe, The Bloedel Nature Reserve, The Sou’wester, and the Oregon Literary Arts Writers-In-The-Schools program. The author of five books of poetry, he has done commissioned work for the Getty Museum and the Peabody Essex Museum, given multiple TEDx talks, and April 2021 will see the premiere of his first opera libretto, Sanctuaries.
Demian DinéYazhi' is an Indigenous Diné transdisciplinary artist, poet, and curator born to the clans Naasht’ézhí Tábąąhá and Tódích’íí’nii. DinéYazhi' highlights the intersections of Radical Indigenous Queer Feminist identity and political ideology while challenging the white noise of contemporary art. DinéYazhi' is the founder of the Indigenous artist/activist initiative, R.I.S.E.: Radical Indigenous Survivance & Empowerment.
Sharita Towne is transdisciplinary artist based in Portland. She is a research based video artist and printmaker most interested in creating interdisciplinary community art projects that engage local and global Black geographies, histories, and possibilities. She is the co-founder of URe:AD Press (United Re:Public of the African Diaspora),The Black Life Experiential Research Group, and is also known as “Mariah Carrie Mae Weems”, one-fourth of the post-colonial conceptual karaoke band Weird Allan Kaprow.
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