on exhibit

October 2019

Maritza Mosquera (#notwhite collective) – Manifesto Project II

#notwhite10Manifesto, Oh

to manifest
to make, create, and be.
To learn and unlearn it,
to man and un-man it,
to fest it?
to festival it?
To create and un-create it,
to think, be and do it.
To make it happen,
to realize that it’s already made.
you made it
you create it
you acknowledge it
you and a hundred billion cells each day
manifest it.
Now,
UnFest it
UnMan it
UnMake it
Woman it Woman!
festival it and create it
the future –
It is ours.

#notwhite collective

In 2018, the #notwhite collective was an awardee of the Keyword: International Research Grant, a project of the Carnegie International and the Kelly Strayhorn Theater (KST). As part of this project, the collective developed its first Manifesto, which was presented as a performance during the symposium held in October 2018 at the KST, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 2019 our year-long residency with the Sidewall Project will expand on the ideas generated as a result of our discussions, research, and sharing during the Manifesto Project. The series of the twelve images will use the collective’s portraits and excerpts from each of their respective manifestos to further our creative vision of inclusion and representation of all of us in-betweeners.

The #notwhite collective is a group of 13 women artists elevating the stories of each other. Those many of us who do not fit neatly in the consensus boxes, neatly in cultural categories.

WE are bi/multi-racial/cultural, immigrant or descendants of immigrants. We have come together, to question, to investigate, dig deep into what identity is within and without the construct and context of white—not in skin color, but as a system of oppression, a system we do not align ourselves with. Happening in our society is police brutality, gun violence, calls for bans, for walls, we hope to provide an artistic platform for difficult discussions on the complexities of cultural identity in the U.S.A. to move us towards humanity. We are the global majority.

https://www.notwhitecollective.com/

 

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