Origin Stories: A Workshop by Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn
Admission is free. RSVP here.
Meet at 1pm at MOCA Pacific Design Center for a walkthrough of Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A. with Rademacher and Allyn. Workshop to be presented following the tour at the West Hollywood Library Community Room located just across the street.
In this workshop led by artists Nicole Rademacher and Jerri Allyn, participants will together record their unique histories and shared experiences through the production of a communal deck of divination cards. The event will begin with a short walkthrough of Axis Mundo, where documentation of Allyn’s Laughing Souls/Espíritus Sonrientes (1979) is presented and numerous intersecting histories and identities are explored, including those of Pachuca/os, punk rockers, suburbanites, immigrants, risk-takers, manipulators, las locas, maricóns, malfloras, activists, Bon Bons, and other drag personas. The show may provide ideas for participants to collaboratively create their own real or imagined “origin stories” through the production of divination cards (like Tarot). Part of an ongoing project by Rademacher, the resulting card deck will reflect remembered and imagined pasts, as well as stories that have been passed down in their families, stories that have been whispered from one to another, and imagined futures.
Another iteration of this workshop will be presented on October 22, 2017, 1-3pm, at Self-Help Graphics & Art, 1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033.
This program is presented with the support of the City of West Hollywood’s WeHo Arts program. For more information, please visit weho.org/arts or follow @WeHoArts.
Jerri Allyn is a Community Artist and Educator who creates interactive installations and participatory performance art events that often become a part of public life. She has exhibited internationally and been awarded a Rockefeller Foundation Residency, Italy, International Lila Wallace Fellowship, Mexico, and NEA grants. She produced Hidden in Plain Site: Creative Referendums to Human Trafficking; and continues projects on this topic. Allyn is blessed with a large family immigrating from Ireland, Spain, Britain, and Poland. Her eight siblings have expanded their lineage to include partners from Asia, the Caribbean and Africa. Some have adopted children from Eastern Europe and Latin America. Modern life has the family living on three continents, yet they manage regular reunions.
Nicole Rademacher, as a transracial Mexican American adoptee, has spent her life carefully observing, considering material such as gesture, space, and object as cultural artifacts in her largely, image-based practice. Recently she has turned her practice to more prominently encompass community engagement. Rademacher facilitates workshops with the adoptee constellation: building works collaboratively and creating a space for discussion of everyday movements and objects, and examining the relationships between these bits and pieces as a way of describing alienation, belonging, intimacy, and identity. Rademacher has exhibited and screened her work worldwide including an exhibition currently on view at LAX Airport. Rademacher currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California with her husband and toddler.