‘Towards a Creole Procession’
Tenderloin National Forest
Monday, April 1st to the 13th 12-5pm
From April 1-13 Haitian artist Andre Eugene of Atis Rezistans and UK based artist and curator Leah Gordon will join Ranu Mukherjee andMFA students from the California College of the Arts in transforming the 509 cultural center into a workshop, studio and seminar space.As part of Mukherjee’s Studio Research Lab ‘Towards a Creole Procession’ and the Social Practice Workshop co-taught with LA artist David Burns, participants engage with an exploration of Haitian contemporary art and culture, digging into the idea of ancestral presence and mixed heritagein aesthetics and the sometimes incommensurable frameworks of ‘cultural artifact’ vs. ‘contemporary art work’.Leah Gordon will give presentations and lead discussions exploring the relationship between vodou and Haitian art, the conditions of artistic production in Haiti and the complexities of exhibiting Haitian art in an international context. Andre Eugene will give workshops on his particular brand of sculpturalproduction using found objects gathered here, some familiar to him and others not. We will engage in studios sessions for making artworks ‘towards a Creole Procession’ in which each artist will engage with the subject matter on their own terms.We will also be joined by Dr. Donald Cosentino, Professor Emeritus of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA.
The work will conclude with an Open House event on April 13 from 5-9 PM where the outcome of this residency will be on view.
The event will also include a presentation by LA artist Jason Metcalf.