May 11 2017 "Hope Will Never Be Silent"HMF 2017 ART SHOW OPENING RECEPTION
Opening Reception Thursday May 11 from 7pm – 10pm
Sarasota’s Historic Burns Court District
Pineapple Yoga Studio & Event Space
517 South Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
Inspired by one of Harvey Milk’s famous quotes, Harvey Milk Festival is presenting a transmedia art exhibit this year, “Hope will never be silent.” The exhibit will feature artists and activists who support diversity, reject discrimination, and promote equality for our LGBTQIA community through their work.
ARTISTS JONO VAUGHAN / JESSICA POPE / MCKENZIE PIERSON / MELISSA MARSHALL / IRENE GARIBAY / LJ ROBERTS / CHAPLAIN CHRISTOPHER JONES / TED KERR / NIKNAZ / MARIE WHITMAN
PERFORMANCES BYLUCKY BRUNO & HIS ENSEMBLE OF STILT WALKING QUEENS / MARGUERITE BARNETT & HER AERIAL SILKS / MUSICAL PERFORMANCES BY SUYA AND LESA SILVERMORE
The Festival is honored this year to collaborate with Seattle-based artist Jono Vaughan’s “Project 42,” a project that harnesses movement as a vehicle of memorialization and activism, in memory of 42 transgender individuals who were victims of hate crimes. Like the concept of rebirth through dance, the number 42 is a symbolic number that represents the short life expectancy of transgender individuals in the USA. The purpose for selecting this specific age is linked to her strong desire to elevate the discussion about the life expectancy of transgender individuals in the USA versus cisgender individuals. Collaborating Sarasota-based dance and aerial artists Jessica Pope, Mackenzie Pierson, and Melissa Marshall will be interpreting the stories behind Project 42 through movement, and perform inspired original work adorned in Jono’s vibrant Project 42 garments throughout the evening. Video documentation of previous collaborations and the stories behind their dresses will be playing on screen at the exhibit.
Hanging in the exhibit will be Japan-based artist and Ringling College alumna Chalice Mitchel’s “Gaining Muscle,” an integrated and performative painting series of traditional sumi-e ink on rice paper. The paintings document Chalice’s personal transition of blurring the lines between interpretations of femininity and masculinity. Employing natural methods to enhance the muscularity and natural testosterone boosting properties of her body, she gained 12 pounds of muscle over the course of 8 months for this project.
On screen in the exhibit will be an “experimental video intervention” collaboration by artists and activists Chaplin Christopher Jones, Ted Kerr, Niknazand LJ Roberts. “Inflamed,” a short film, threads together the imperial foundation of latex and the ongoing AIDS crisis within marginalized communities. The project aims to explore socio political, technocratic, historical textures of latex, specifically as they relate to ongoing AIDS crisis.
Sarasota-based sculptor, performance artist and Ringling College alumna Irene Garibay is presenting her work, “Covered in insides,” combining rice paper and prickly pear fruit in a choreographed duet performance by two girls. The piece aims to provoke the recognition of ourselves in our bodies, both internally and externally and to mirror this recognition on those that reflect us, thus enhancing fruitful fulfillment.
An interactive poetry and performance installation by Miami-based artist Marie Whitman will be on display and immerse patrons into a world of words and poetry inspired by Harvey Milk quotes throughout the evening. Marie will also hold a writing workshop at the studio prior to her performance from 5pm – 6:15pm. The workshop, “Hope is a poem” will guide participants through an exploration of the power of words. Work created by those who attend the workshop will be woven into Marie’s performance at the exhibit that evening.
This year, with the support of Our Sarasota Fund, the McCauley-Brown Fund, and the Community Foundation, the Festival was able to grant three arts scholarships in the areas of visual art, music and theatre to students ages 13 – 25 years. Artwork and performances by young artists and 2017 scholars inspired by Harvey Milk’s quote, “Hope will never be silent,” will be featured during the first hour of the exhibit. Young artists will be present to talk about their work.
Harvey Milk Festival is also very excited to present captivating performances by Lucky Bruno and his ensemble of stilt walkers, who will dazzle gallery goers with their interactive roaming routines throughout the evening in the courtyard, as well as an aerial installation by beloved local artist Marguerite Barnett.