On Sunday, December 3, join Institute of Contemporary Art for a conversation and workshop with Kameelah Janan Rasheed—an artist whose work is featured in the exhibition Speech/Acts—co-presented with the Leeway Foundation.
The xerox photocopy has both aesthetic value and political potential as a tool that widened the scope of who could publish work as well as the pace and breadth of dissemination. In this 1.5-hour workshop, Kameelah Janan Rasheed will discuss her use of the xerox machine in her art practice and installation, A Supple Perimeter (activation 2), with Assistant Curator Meg Onli, then lead a workshop where participants will experiment with photocopy techniques, text manipulation, and collage. Participants will have an opportunity to create their own photocopy-based art works such as concrete poems and figurative abstractions from provided source material from the exhibition library. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own source material if they wish.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985) is an artist-archivist based in Brooklyn, NY. Originally from East Palo Alto, CA with brief stints in Johannesburg, South Africa, Kameelah's interdisciplinary and research intensive practice considers ideas of selective legibility and opaqueness as a political strategy; the tension between narrative contingencies and narrative resolutions; as well as black traditions of covert literacies and self-publishing. Until September 2016, she will be a Keyholder Resident at the Lower East Side Printshop. She is also a recipient of the Triple Canopy's 2015 NYPL Labs Commission where she is conducting archival research on early 20th-century Black religious movements through NYPL's expansive archive.