What is the role of the artist with respect to his community, and with respect to himself?
During this engaging conversation moderated by Cameron Shaw, artists Tatyana Fazlalizadeh and Candy Chang come together to consider art’s function in society.
Following the discussion, audience members will have the opportunity to continue the conversation with the artists while listening to the experimental jazz sounds of T-Ray the Violinist.
Complimentary wine and hors d'oeuvres.
Cameron Shaw is the Executive Director and Founding Editor of Pelican Bomb, a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing New Orleans’ cultural capital and sustainability by cultivating multiple platforms for contemporary art discourse, engagement, and education. Shaw received her B.A. in Art History from Yale University (cum laude with distinction in the major) and has over ten years of professional experience in the contemporary visual arts. As a writer, her articles, interviews, and essays have appeared in publications including Artforum.com, East of Borneo, Los Angeles Review of Books, BOMB Magazine, and books on Chris Ofili, Marcel Dzama, Keith Duncan, and other artists. Shaw was research manager at David Zwirner Gallery, New York, and, in 2009, was awarded a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing. Recognized for thought leadership in New Orleans, she has moderated panels on a range of topics including organizational sustainability and institutional/community relationship building. She was chosen for the NAMAC National Leadership Institute in 2013. pelicanbomb.com
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is an American artist, activist, and freelance illustrator of black and Iranian descent. She has recently been acclaimed for her project Stop Telling Women To Smile which has gained her national presence. The project was born out of the idea that street art can be an impactful tool for addressing street harassment. Fazlalizadeh’s work attempts to address gender-based street harassment by taking women’s voices, and faces, and putting them in the street—creating a bold presence for women in an environment where they are often made to feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Stop Telling Women to Smile began in Brooklyn in 2012 and has expanded to France, Berlin, and Mexico City among other places.
Fazlalizadeh graduated from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2007. Her work has been exhibited at venues throughout the US. Images of her work were included in Art for Obama: Designing Manifest Hope and the Campaign for Change, edited by Shepard Fairey and Jennifer Gros (2009) and Book of Jezebel edited by Ana Holmes (2013).
Taiwanese-American artist Candy Chang reimagines the city and the role of the public realm to help us make sense of our communities and ourselves. Renowned for interactive public installations that provoke civic engagement and emotional introspection, her work has examined issues from criminal justice and the future of vacant buildings to personal aspirations and anxieties.
With a background in urban planning, Chang worked with communities in Nairobi, New York, Helsinki, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Johannesburg, where she began to question universal limitations of local democracy. She created participatory experiments in public to explore alternative forms of communication. After struggling with grief, depression, and existential confusion, she channeled her emotional questions into her public work to investigate shared inquiry of the human condition. She is interested in the relationship between public space and mental health, the dynamics between individual liberty and social cohesion, and a city that exposes and fosters the complexity of the psyche. candychang.com
T-RAY THE VIOLINIST
Creating a sound that is a distinctive fusion of R&B, Jazz, Classical, Neo-Soul, and Hip-Hop, T-Ray became enamored with the violin at the age of 9. The Baton Rouge, LA native began his pursuit of a professional music career early on while studying at The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) his junior and senior year of high school. The education he received at NOCCA was one of the driving forces in T-Ray’s decision to pursue a career as a musician. In 2006, upon graduating from high school, he moved to the Crescent City to pursue a degree in music at the University of New Orleans. Since then, T-Ray has had the opportunity to perform at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Voodoo Festival, and open for Atlantic Records artist Wale, DJ Mannie Fresh, Erykah Badu, Dead Prez, David Banner, Big Freedia, Dee- 1, Partners-N-Crime, Universal Record’s 3D Natee, Waterseed, The Honorable South just to name a few. T-Ray has also teamed up with DJ RQ Away to create “Progressive Existence,” a group focusing on an experimental and cohesive blend between DJ and live instrument.
This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Louisiana Office of Cultural Development; a grant from the Network of Ensemble Theater’s Touring & Exchange Network (NET/TEN), supported by lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and grants from Alternate ROOTS supported by The Nathan Cummings Foundation, Surdna Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and The Kresge Foundation. This project is also made possible in part by support from the National Performance Network (NPN) Performance Residency Program. For more information: npnweb.org