Viral Language Lab Launch + Print Workshop

6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2018
The Annex @ AANM

The Viral Language Lab creates a context for critical conversations about subjects ranging from the trauma of gentrification to the urgent need to create safe spaces for women and girls to strategies for ensuring access to clean drinking water in light of crumbling urban infrastructure.

Using a custom mobile print cart, Maria del Carmen Montoya will lead workshop participants through the process of printing their own words creating cultural talismans for use in their daily lives. Attendants depart the session having had an opportunity to express their fears, their hopes, and strategize about ways to respond in their own communities. The resulting printed objects go out into the world with their creators— acting as reminders of that moment of being heard and as links to a spontaneous community of understanding. Copies of prints are displayed on site and shared with others who may also make prints of their own. 

The project will launch at the Arab American National Museum, then travel to California and Washington, D.C.

Maria del Carmen Montoya is an artist working in socially engaged art and sculpture. She is interested in the communal process of making meaning. She is a core member of Ghana ThinkTank, an international artist collective, that was awarded a Creative Capital grant in Emerging Fields for a project that sparks problem solving collaborations between undocumented workers and anti-immigrant militants on the US/Mexico border. 

Most recently, Ghana ThinkTank received a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its 2017 Detroit Knight Arts Challenge for American Riad, a multi-year project merging art, Islamic architecture and alternative economic models to combat gentrification in Detroit’s North End. 

Artists + Residents is made possible in part by Metabolic Studio.

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