Blk Grrrl Book Fair Silent No More

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Silent No More Art Workshop involves an artist talk by me, the creation of a functional art object, and a group exercise and discussion. The workshop is a creative vehicle of support and empowerment that encourages participants to use their voices in order to combat rape culture. Whether they are survivors, bystanders or advocates of sexual assault victims; through the use of metaphor, participants experience the personal and therapeutic impact of speaking out against sexual violence. Scroll down for photos and information on Blk Grrrl Book Fair 2016 Silent No More Art Workshop which occurred on May 29, 2016 at Cielo Galleries & Studios in South Central Los Angeles, CA.

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Blk Grrrl Book Fair Silent No More Art Workshop, May 29, 2016, Los Angeles, CA

The Silent No More Art Workshop which I gave at the Blk Grrrl Book Fair on May 29, 2016 at Cielo Galleries & Studios in South Central Los Angeles, CA, began with a talk about the artwork in my solo exhibition at the Blk Grrrl Book Fair which focusses on the generational survivorship of sexual violence against women. My six children, my brother and my sister and her family attended the event.  Their presence was meaningful to me as it was the first time they were all present together in an audience to hear me speak about the role that sexual trauma plays in my art.

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Skira Martinez (left) and Teka Lark, founders and organizers of the Blk Grrrl Book Fair

With Blk Grrrl Book Fair founder and organizer and owner of its venue, Cielo Galleries & Studios which is also her home.

With Blk Grrrl Book Fair founder and organizer and owner of its venue, Cielo Galleries & Studios which is also her home.

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The book fair occurred over the course of two days and had various programing.

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Talking to the audience about the art in my solo exhibit at the book fair, before I give the workshop

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I spoke about the Afro-Cuban religious iconography codified in my work

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My six children, my brother and my sister and her family all attended my talk.

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My eldest son Rafael, who is 18, spoke about his role as the subject of my work on display entitled “Ain’t Funny Crucifix and Video Art” which is inspired by Frantz Fanon’s book Black Skin, White Masks and which I created when he was 16.

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My 8 year old daughter talks to the audience about the presence of the rainbow colors in the chakras of my new painting-in-progress, “Say My Name: Self Portrait as Carlota.”

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We began the Silent No More Art Workshop outdoors.

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Zion brought her artwork that she had made at a previous Silent No More Art Workshop. When children are present, I alter the language for age appropriateness.

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The opposite side of Zion’s Silent No More art object which is a megaphone unrolled.

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We took the workshop indoors where it was warmer into the night.

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