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What does home mean? For some, home means a physical space to sleep, eat and shower, for others it means family and rest. In an aggressive political climate where people of color and other marginalized identities are constantly targeted in our schools, in the workplace, in media, home represents a sanctuary, a physical space to feel at peace and to forget about the weight of the external world. So where and what is the place of refuge? How does a space feel like home? For us, it consists of love: art, color, culture, and artifacts that honor our identity. Join us for an exhibit, interactive art activity, and performance as we create Home:A counterbalance.
Leo Carmona is an artist and storyteller working mainly in portrait, lifestyle and documentary photography. Influenced by his experience as a Oaxaqueño/Mexican immigrant, Leo is interested in creating artistic work that explores the beauty, complexities and realities of his community in personal and commissioned projects. Leo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Latin American Studies from the University of Washington and current works as Communications Associate for Casa Latina, a Seattle non-profit that empower Latinx inmigrants through employment, leadership, and educational opportunities.
Shaka Snipe: The work of Seattle based mixed media artist Shaka Snipe is an exploration of the African diaspora experience within urban American culture. A native of Atlanta, GA, her distinctive personal style expresses the vibrant feminine spirit of her Caribbean-American culture. Her work spans and combines multiple mediums, utilizing rich, colorful African wax print textiles, geometric designs and repurposed materials to tell visual stories, while offering a space to explore and create a sense of balance and belonging. Snipe’s evolution into woodworking allowed her to introduce another element to this union and extend the range of her talent even further. With an educational background in computer science and cabinetmaking and her studied observations of life, she is able to curate a collection of functional art that brings creativity and beauty into everyday life.
Milvia Pacheco: As a dancer I have always experienced my own body as a source of knowledge and information. Being connected with movement and rhythm throughout my life has increased, stimulated, and helped me to create a platform for my own healing process. I think our bodies carry so much wisdom and power to answer any question for which we are looking. As Pat Ogden stated “our bodies always lead us home…if we can simply learn to trust sensation and stay with it long enough for it to reveal appropriate action, movement, insight, or feeling”. Our bodies have a story to tell us and it will only come if we prepare a place for it, that place is in our own body; because the body is our first home. Departing from all this affirmation, I would like to invite the attendees of “Home: A counterbalance”, to participate and contribute to a community painting with the intent to provide an opportunity to reflect collectively on the theme of our exhibition. Using the silhouette of a black woman’s body (my own) I offer what I consider the reflection of my own home, as a basis for this conversation to happen. We ask, “What does Home/ Balance mean to you?”
Wheelchair-accessible display cases, exhibit areas, and counters
Wheelchair-accessible restrooms and water fountains