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On The Other Side: 2017 at land’s edge fellows

May 24, 2017 10:00 am - May 28, 2017 9:00 pm

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at land’s edge, in conjunction with Decolonize LA and Human Resources Los Angeles, proudly presents, “on the other / side.” This week-long, culminating exhibition showcases the projects of the 2017 at land’s edge fellowship cohort, exploring issues of race, disability, resistance, history, power, violence, survival, and healing.

Wednesday, May 24th – Sunday, May 28th

Gallery Hours:
3pm – 9pm, Wed – Thurs
11am – 7pm, Sat
1pm – 7pm, Sun

Special Reception: 7pm – 9pm. Friday, May 26th
workshops and performances throughout the week presented by
Decolonize LA & at land’s edge

All events are free and open to the public, made possible with funding from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

Visit the at lands edge website for more information.



7:30pm – 8:30pm
Everything I Say Is True
Suzanne Kite

a live sound/video performance presented by Decolonize LA

Everything I Say Is True is a lecture performance by Southern California-based, Oglala Lakota artist Kite. In the lecture Kite constructs a complex narrative through the use of her own family’s ephemera and historical documents as well as through a new body of work in various mediums, including video, sound and sculpture. Everything I Say Is True considers concepts of truth in relation to Oglala Lakota knowledge systems.



FRIDAY, MAY 26TH, 2017

7pm – 9 pm
on the other / side Reception
hosted by at land’s edge 2017 Fellows

Light refreshments will be served.

at land’s edge, an autonomous ontological platform for creatives to co-learn, presents its culminating reception. This exhibit, “on the other / side,” showcases works by the twelve 2017 at land’s edge fellows. It is an exploration, via writing, installation, video, 2D and 3D works, of race, disability, resistance, history, power, violence, healing, and survival. All artists and program coordinators will be present to discuss their works, host readings, and lead other activities during the reception.

**Free and open to the public**


SATURDAY, MAY 27, 2017

11am – 12pm
Adoption, Electronic Music, and Enrollment.
Elisa Harkins

a skype/virtual lecture presented by Decolonize LA

Artist and Composer Elisa Harkins will be showing her work, which examines the politics of the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, enrollment and adoption, as well as sharing some of her music with us.


1pm – 2pm
What does intergenerational collaboration look like?
Forging Pathways for Future Apsáalooke Feminists
Wendy Red Star

a skype/virtual lecture presented by Decolonize LA

As a mother / daughter artist collaborative duo working in the realm of Native history, identity politics, cultural subversion, and reclamation, Wendy Red Star and her nine-year-old daughter Beatrice Red Star Fletcher probe the colonial thought bubble with intergenerational collaboration and institutional critique. Working with museums like the Denver Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and Seattle Art Museum Beatrice and Wendy engage the public to decolonize thinking around Native American art and collections through performative tours, interactive activities, and interventionist installations. Intergenerational collaborative work is integral and a means to creating a forum for the expression of Native women’s voices in contemporary art.


7pm – 9pm *
Divine Creators!!! : Intro to Divination Practices for Creatives
Edgar Fabián Frías

presented by at land’s edge

Divine Creators!!! : Intro to Divination Practices for Creatives is an ad-hoc, site-specific, and adaptive workshop meant to help support the initiation, development, and flourishing of ancestral divination techniques within contemporary creative communities. Attendees will learn about divination from a trans-historical perspective and will find ways to weave in (a) personal divination practice(s) into their creative, organizing, educational, and cultural work. Attendees will leave the workshop with a zine on divination techniques and all of the psychic tools needed to initiate and sustain a scrying (hydromancy) practice.

*The workshop has a maximum of 11 participants. It takes place in the evening. Please wear comfortable clothing. This workshop is FREE BUT requires sign up and approval by moderator.

*Optional: Please bring protective amulets, charms, plants, essences, crystals, etc. Bring something to cover your head (a hat, a scarf, a hoodie). Please contact seeingyouseeingmeseeingyou@gmail.com or go to https://goo.gl/forms/SRc4YMPLDoFoT7T53 to register.

*Queer, trans, gender nonconforming, low-income, people of color, indigenous people, immigrants, and folks at other intersections will be given priority.


SUNDAY, MAY 28, 2017

4pm – 5:30pm
Accidents of Birth
seren sensei

presented by at land’s edge

We are not all the same, due to what I call “accidents of birth” that more often than not involve race, gender, class, able-bodiedness, and sexual orientation. We would be exploring this theme through a writing workshop wherein we discuss various ways to deal with accidents of birth. They can range from the fantastic to the mundane, addressing the concept that you are born into a body, and with it can come many expectations. How do you free yourself from ideas placed upon your body due to race, gender, sexual orientation, ability/disability, and/or class?

7pm – 9pm **
Ritual for Mutual Black Care
Melanie Griffin

presented by at land’s edge

Black people expend precious physical, emotional and psychic energy responding to racial injustice and fighting that injustice in ways that serve all of humanity. So often these responses drain us and impact our mental, physical, and spiritual health and deplete us as we constantly pour energy outward.
This gathering will be an opportunity to build love, care, and resilience amongst each other. It will provide a space to refill the emotional/ spiritual well, that living in an anti-Black society drains daily. We will call in ancestors, speak out our fears, joys and affirmations for one another. We will interact in a ritualistic way with plant medicine, smoke, and a sewn garment with images inspired by Black diasporic myths and abstract patterns meditating on the (one of) Black experience.

**This event is only for all Black identified people

A wheelchair accessible entrance (via portable ramp) and a wheelchair accessible bathroom will be provided.

Public transit via the Chinatown Gold Line Station. Street parking available.

at land’s edge is an autonomous pedagogical platform based in East and South Los Angeles that nurtures the voices of cultural producers who are committed to social transformation. We understand pedagogy as not only a method of education, but as a critical space where the processes of teaching and learning, knowledge and action, and self and community are reflexive, interwoven, and oriented toward the liberatory possibilities of a just and democratic world.

DecolonizeLA is an autonomous group made up of Los Angeles-based artists, educators, Indigenous Peoples and activists, and members of HRLA’s Programming Committees. This group recognizes the word decolonize as a process and action word that must center Native/Indigenous people’s autonomy, and the liberation of all oppressed peoples as its goal. Steps toward decolonization include acknowledging the effects of colonial oppressive structures, and demanding an end to the legacy of environmental, physical, psychological, cultural and artistic violence, and opposing the perpetual structure of inequity forced upon us by colonialism and white male hetero-normative supremacy. This group recognizes that many communities are working towards decolonization. We embrace and celebrate this opportunity to honor their work and transform our city.

Human Resources Los Angeles
410 Cottage Home St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
near Broadway and Cottage Home in Chinatown

May 24, 2017 10:00 am
May 28, 2017 9:00 pm