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Earth and Reveries Gallery Talk with Erin McElroy, Weston Teruya & Leila Weefur

Thursday, September 21, 7pm

Exhibition Dates: July 27 – October 7, 2017

Other Related Events:
Saturday, September 23, 2pm
Artist Talks with Pantea Karimi & Masako Miki

Join us for a night of artist talk with Erin McElroy, Weston Teruya & Leila Weefur on September 27 at 7pm. Featuring new work by 2016-2017 Kala Fellowship artists – Antonius Bui, Lydia Cohen, Pantea Karimi, Erin McElroy, Masako Miki, Elián Stolarsky, Weston Teruya, and Leila Weefur, Earth and Reveries examines personal history, nature and spaces using archival images, metaphors, research and exploration of new perspectives. Our existence on earth is layered, crowded, and complicated, leaving ample source material for artists. Images float on top anchoring our existence and creating human history. This history consists of conflict and struggle, discovery and expansion, exploitation and altruism, personal narrative, communal memory, scientific data, observation and research. Imagination is key to helping us formulate a deeper understanding of each other in the midst of an ever-shifting world. An author, Haruki Murakami writes in his essays that he wakes up every morning in order to dream more and writes his stories. Artist’s work is to dream about our world, transform it and share it with audiences. In the exhibition, Earth and Reveries, eight artists share their distinct vision and artistic process, their exploration and transformation of existing social issues and concepts, and diverse and personal viewpoints.

Erin McElroy is a cofounder of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (AEMP) – a data visualization, data analysis, and narrative collective documenting the dispossession and resistance of San Francisco Bay Area residents upon gentrifying landscapes. The project sees itself as a horizontal mutual aide group, working with numerous residents and collaborators to produce maps and data useful for movement building. Much of the work displayed at Kala has emerged from a year-long project they embarked upon in Alameda County, focusing on evictions and protest in Oakland, Fremont and the City of Alameda. Throughout the course of their fellowship with Kala, Erin has been printing maps that community partners can use and distribute, so that content can live on and offline. For more on the AEMP, see www.antievictionmap.com.

Leila Weefur presents BLACKBERRY PASTORALE: SYMPHONY NO. 1, which explores the meanings of the Black anatomy. This video work constructs a racialized narrative through the landscape of the blackberry fruit, with accompanying print works that consider the pulp of the blackberry as a tool for mark making. The body is read like a text where interpretations are drawn based on signs, symbols, and culture. Through excavating literary structures & musical compositions, Leila explores the kindred history of Blackberries with Black bodies and the language that has developed around the relationship between beauty and shame, admiration and contempt. The blackberry like the black body has been harvested and transformed into something animal.

Weston Teruya’s project, told from across the distance reinterprets an iconic archival photograph from the Third World Liberation Front to understand how movements built on cross-racial solidarity between communities of color are retold and morph in our cultural imaginary across time. The sculptural work draws on culturally rooted celebratory forms–festival lanterns and large papier-mâché–to hint at how these histories have been transformed into larger-than-life stories that at times mask the complexities of those spaces and movements.

Event Details

Date: September 21, 2017

Time: 7:00 pm–9:00 pm

Kala Gallery
2990 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702