Workshop, artistic performances and public discussions: Lena Chen in Palermo

Lena Chen is a member of the Room to Bloom community and resident with Studio Rizoma. She is a Chinese American writer and artist creating performances and socially engaged art. A recipient of Mozilla Foundation’s 2022 Creative Media Award and “Best Emerging Talent” at the 2019 B3 Biennial of the Moving Image, her work has appeared at Transmediale, Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Färgfabriken, Baltimore Museum of Art, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Sheffield DocFest, Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, among others.

She has been awarded grants and residencies from Sundance Institute, Millay Colony for the Arts, Burning Man Global Arts Fund, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, Pittsburgh Foundation, and Arthur Boskamp Foundation. She has spoken at Oxford, Yale, Stanford, and SXSW. She is founder of Heal Her, an expressive arts initiative that supports survivors of gender-based violence.

From 19-26 September, she will be in Palermo with Ségolène Pruvot, project coordinator of Room to Bloom, to participate in a series of public activities engaging the local communities in the city.

Free Workshop: Writing an Anti-Manual for Feminist and Decolonial Art

22 September, 2pm to 5pm
Arci Porco Rosso (Piazza Casa Professa)
To participate write to: [email protected]

Release, envision, and manifest: join us for a collective ritual imagining an art world free of patriarchy and colonialism. Through embodied practices and facilitated storytelling, we invite you to share your personal experiences and struggles as artists and cultural producers. We will then use guided visualization, free writing, and collective drawing to imagine and manifest a feminist art world.
These conversations will contribute toward the creation of a manifesto that offers guidelines for feminist and decolonial arts management practices.

Artist talk & Performance Evoking Realities by Matteo Binci

21 September, 6.30 PM
Palazzo Butera (Via Butera 8)

In this Talk, the artist will introduce her work in Palermo.
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