Artist’s Respond: Some of Albuquerque’s best are set to take the stage November 14th, 7:00-8:30pm, as a community approaches the creative process, and how it is used to process trauma and violence.
“I believe that we learn more about ourselves when we observe and appreciate the truths of another person’s art. I also believe that we learn the most about ourselves as artists when we are vulnerable enough to share our truths with an audience of strangers. Together, we all grow and become more connected,” says Ebony Isis Booth, featured artist at Central Features’ November 14th “Artists’ Town Hall.”
“I think that art and activism are inextricably linked. I like to refer to it as “artivism.” As an artist, I write my way through life and use language to navigate my emotions in a world where I don’t always feel as though I belong,” added Booth, when we spoke recently about why she chose to continue her livelihood as an artist and activist in Albuquerque.
Booth is formerly of Denver, Colorado. She moved here recently and took quite fondly to the Albuquerque’s arts and activism/organizing scene. She currently holds post at the historic Harwood Arts Center, as their Programs and Communications Coordinator.
“You only get out what you put in here, if you are lucky. The work is difficult. The land requires strength to be tilled. Not everything planted will survive here. But those with the deepest roots and the thickest skin, produce the sweetest fruit. It’s awe inspiring and maddening at the same time. Reverence for the city in its current constitution is required before we can have conversations about how to change it,” said Booth.
What function do you think it serves?
How do you use it? We asked Ms. Booth…
“Art informs the human condition. Behind the story of any piece of art is the artist who created it. These artists are members of our community who are gifted, some might argue they are cursed, in their ability to make the innermost events of their hearts seen and heard. Everyone wants to be seen and heard. Art invites the community to watch and listen to the humanity of its maker,” she said. “I want to make art to ask questions about how personal identity is effected when there isn’t anyone else who looks like you in your community. Are we as effective in our activism if we are not providing an example and leadership for the people we represent? How does my race impact art, or does it at all? Should it?”
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
Central Features’ owner Nancy Zastudil and event participants Ebony Booth and Carlos Contreras will be present and presenting their works November 14th, as only part of the conversation. This “Artists’ Town Hall Event,” has been designed to spark community dialogue and response, in regards to art and its place when it comes to processing experiences of violence and trauma. How does art function? What is its place? How do you use it? Have answers or questions surrounding any of these questions? Bring them with you – see you there!