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Join Ian Matchett and Rivka Valérie Louissaint, featured artists from The People’s Forum current exhibition A World to Win, in a workshop on artistic process. The artists will share their work, talk through questions about the crossover between art and struggle, and lead participants through a hands-on art experiment meant to spark further creative work.
This workshop is opening to anyone, no matter the level of creative or artistic experience. All materials will be provided.
Ian Matchett is a queer socialist midwestern painter. He was raised in West Michigan, and attended UM Ann Arbor, receiving degrees in Political Science and Studio Art in 2014. Since graduating he has lived in Detroit, helping found The Brick and Mortar Collective and The Michigan Student Power Network, and in 2021 was named Director of Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. His work is focused on the use of history, art, and memory as tools for social change. He has shown and sold work both locally and nationally.
Rivka Valérie Louissaint also known as Kakou (Kah-koo), is an Haitian cultural worker currently based in Oakland CA. Their practice includes mixed media visual work, writing, performance arts, as well as being an educator and a community organizer. Louissaint is an MFA graduate of the UC Berkeley Art Practice Department, class of 2022 and is a 2022-23 Gerardo Marín Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of San Francisco, CA where they teach a Drawing for Non-Major course.
Louissaint’s work has been exhibited at BAMPFA, Berkeley; SOMArts Cultural Center, San Francisco; the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; the Ortega y Gasset Projects, Brooklyn;the New York Academy of Art, New York; the Oliver Art Center, Oakland; and the Rosemary Duffy Larson Gallery, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. They were a recipient of the Murphy Cadogan Award in 2021, and one of the 2022 AXA Art Prize finalists.
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