Burn Something Collective (BSC) presents SAVE, a public art exhibition conceptualized and curated by BSC members Lizy Bryant, Gabby Coll, Genevieve DeLeon, Adrienne Doyle, Zola Ellen, Mare Lodu and Nance Musinguzi, showcasing the work of visual artists Bereket Adamu, Faiza Mohamed, Grover Hogan, Hawwa Youngmark, Janice Essick, Jobi K Adams, Miku, Mariamu Fitch, Olivia Funkhouser-Reynolds and Simone Alexa. The exhibit is now on view on the fenced lot at 1010 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN.
About the exhibition:
In the midst of a pandemic, in the remains of a burnt-out lake street, Burn Something Collective presents SAVE. This public art exhibit centers on the record keeping duties of the body, the rage for systems that fail us, and the blessing of the regenerative imagination.
The construction of the world that these artists create offers portals for the body and the psyche. In this work, we witness the paradoxical events of summer 2020 in Minneapolis, MN, and the relationship between destruction and transformation. Through escape, mistrust, tenderness and cheerfulness, these works experience questions that can sometimes seem unanswered. SAVE is an invitation to enter the archive of the body, whether it is yours, that of a city, or of a world. Through the eyes of these artists, we are open to a version of a collective experience, which becomes multiple in our gaze.
SAVE presents works selected by the Collective from among the visual art submissions responding to the events of the last 16 months in the Twin Cities. The pieces presented in this exhibition were individually forged by ten female, non-binary and trans artists from Twin Cities of the Black Diaspora:
Bereket Amadu: A raisin in the sun, 2020, digital illustration
Faiza Mohamed: Play as a form of resistance, 2020, oil pastels and watercolor on paper
Grover Hogan: American death cult, 2021, ink, marker and colored pencil on paper
Hawwa Youngmark: Burning, 2021, digital illustration
Janice Essick: This is a photo of a girl in the colors of the stars, 2020, mixed media on paper
Jobi K Adams: Hot summer blues, 2021, film photography
Miku: to bloom, 2021, digital illustration
Mariamu Fitch: Our protection is precious, 2016, collage on wood
Olivia Funkhouser-Reynolds: She, 2020, watercolor on paper
Simone Alexa: Joy Spika, High Priestess of the Mermaids, 2020, oil on canvas
Burn Something roots for resilience and fraying. As a small collective of seven, we showed off for each other last year in a way that changed the meaning of our lives. Part of curating is expanding the circle of our mutual care and collaboration to new people, like the artists in this exhibition – our inflexible teachers. In full transformation, the work of this collective points outward. May the strength we give to each other lighten the paths to other worlds.
Thanks to the Lake Street Council, the Civil Service, RYAN Companies and Springboard for the Arts for their support in the production of this exhibit. Project support provided by the Visual Arts Fund, administered by Midway Contemporary Art with generous funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York.
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ISSUU link: issuu.com/burnsomething
About Burn Something Collective:
Burn Something Collective is an experimental space at the intersection of curation, publication and peer mentoring. Its members include Lizy Bryant, Gabby Coll, Genevieve DeLeon, Adrienne Doyle, Zola Ellen, Mare Lodu, and Nance Musinguzi.
BSC envisions a world in which the curiosity, expression and self-determination of black queer and trans artists and POCI are trusted, fully funded and supported. A world in which the expression of black queer and trans artists and POCI artists is not erased, neglected, undermined or confined by imposed categories. The collective is rooted in the work of Burn Something Zine (2014-2016) – a submission-based media project for women and non-binary people of color to claim their stories, heal their voices, and build community. The zine was founded by Adrienne Doyle in response to white supremacy within Minneapolis cultural institutions and has published 6 issues showcasing the work of 24 contributors, creating a cherished and agonizing anthology of agency, self-determination, tenderness and of rage. The collective is an extension of this project, and its goals include being a connector to the intergenerational community of the Twin Cities of Black artists, writers, curators and cultural workers and POCI; transform scarcity into abundance by establishing a healing relationship with our resources; and cultivate peer-to-peer and intergenerational mentoring.