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June 10, 2016 @ 8:30 pm - 10:30 pm PDT$15 - $20
As part of Highways’ Spoken Word 2016 Series and BEHOLD Festival 2016, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Janaya Khan, and Foremost present Malcolm Revisited, which explores the iconic historical figure, Malcolm X, through workshops, live performance pieces and a visual exhibit dedicated to Malcolm’s current impact on the movement for black lives.
The entire world has been impacted by #BlackLivesMatter. This movement has pushed the country to have a new conversation about what it means to protect Black lives. Art allows for conversations to happen across generations, gender, race and ability. This piece is a contribution to #BlackLivesMatter, Malcolm X, and the past and current freedom fighters in this movement.
Workshops: Monday, June 6 @ 7-9pm
Performances & Fixed Installation: Friday + Saturday, June 10 + 11 @ 8.30pm
$20 general admission / $15 members, students, seniors
Patrisse Khan-Cullors art is a magnified glass, an amplified moment in the raw and vulnerable stories of the invisible. Using theatre techniques, visuals, audio, and dance, her works render bare the narratives of state-induced trauma while lifting up a path towards healing. Her work ultimately asks the audience to identify themselves in relationship to various forms of violence, be it coded in silence behind jail walls or in the coming out stories of people of color. Wielding discomfort as her medium, art becomes an invitation to shed complicity and engage broader questions of systemic violence and spiritual rejuvenation.
Trained in Theater of the Oppressed and dance, Patrisse has worked as a artist resident, dancer, choreographer, designer, stylist, producer, and director in various productions since 2005. Highlighted below is a collection of her most significant self-conceived projects.
janaya (j) khan, known as future in the Black Lives Matter movement, is a Black, queer, gender non-conforming activist, staunch Afrofuturist, social justice educator and boxer based in Toronto, Canada. As the co-founder of Black Lives Matter Toronto, they are committed to Black liberation, transformative justice and indigenous sovereignty and operate through a Black transfeminist lens. Having presented at academic events, conferences and organizations locally and internationally, janaya believes in the power of imagining movement and movements in anti-colonial ways as a source of transformative justice. They have previously been featured in The Feminist Wire, RaceBaitR, Huffington Post Black Voices, and The Root. They can be found shutting it down at an action near you.
Foremost is a self-taught visual artist who uses digital, collage, and illustrative mediums to center Blackness in his work. Seemingly simple, Foremost produces narratives aimed at challenging Black folks to rethink what it means to be Black as it relates to state violence and racial disparity. At the edge of his work, Foremost explores themes of limitless Black love, Black resilience and Black freedom. In addition, as the visionary co-creator of BULLETPROOF, Foremost has developed an ongoing project dedicated to using art as tool to save Black lives targeted by law enforcement violence. His work has been featured in Manifest Justice, Huffington Post Black Futures Month, and the BLM 24Hour Project.
Malcolm Revisited is made possible in part by the City of Santa Monica
CAP Grant Program, a project of the Santa Monica Arts Commission