Gallery view, Rituals Here by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. Photo by Oswaldo García. January 2023.

Event Info

Please join us on March 7 at 6pm via Zoom for an online program in conjunction with the exhibition Rituals Here by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo. This will be a 2 part program: an artist talk and an interactive workshop.

Named after Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo’s site specific installation at Center for Book Arts. This time will be an interactive sharing of Lukaza’s work, research, installation at CBA, and active tending to practice. We will become a collective body, making new rituals here together and exchanging mutual aid resources. A fluid space, come to listen, add to our altar, be present, become a web, a multiple, to be read backwards, and understood in multiple ways.

About the exhibition

When a protest banner is held by many in the streets, it becomes a curtain. A curtain for the performance and embodiment of resistance, liberation, protest. When a piece of fabric is unrolled onto a wooden table, it becomes a tablecloth. Next come the dishes, food and people. A meal is about to be shared. A conversation is about to begin. When many strings are knotted and tied together they become a net, a basket, a holder. Nets for carrying, nets for resting on, nets to trap and transport. When the claiming of safe spaces becomes essential to survival, chosen communities, neighbors, friends and lovers come together and become that needed space.

This web is a space for holding, for creating safety and dialogue. An invitation to work within it, around it, because of it. Becoming and echoing, forms, structures, patterns and ways that Black, Brown, Indigenous, queer, trans, non-binary, two spirit, people of color form kinship, radical community, spaces of survival and dialogues rooted in resistance.

These-are-our-roles-tools-forms-of-connectivity becomes the banner, table cloth, holder of friends and community, a web, net, sacred space, curtain for an ecosystem of work that shares roots. Rituals Here is the stage, vessel and keeper of this work, a reminder that it takes tending to, returning again and again, repetition, the multiple, the print, the welcome back to be committed to the life long work of connectivity. I like to think of kinship as a ritual, attending organizing meetings as a ritual, tending to an altar as a ritual, reading aloud to friends as a ritual, learning from our movement elders as a ritual, painting a mural as a ritual. That rituals are not static acts but food and ingredients to our lives. Interwoven in this space, on and in patterns reaching for a hug, are five publications that question, examine, expand and add to the layered languages of survival and resistance.

Special thanks to Camilo Otero and Center for Book Arts Staff, Ophelia Gavin, Ellen Driscoll and the seeds of Rituals Here- my collaborators Archard Aparejo, agustine zegers, Ty Little, Amarice Carreras and Ayana Zaire Cotton.



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