Art, Freedom, and the Politics of Social Justice

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Sam Durant is a multimedia artist whose works reference social, political and cultural issues in American history. In 2017, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis installed Durant’s monumental sculpture, Scaffold, in their Sculpture Garden.

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Noelle Garcia is an artist who focuses on themes of identity, family history and recovered narratives in her work. She grew up in the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony and traces her bloodline on her father’s side to Oregon's Klamath Tribes.

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Hou Hanru, born 1963 in Guangzhou, China, is an international curator and critic based in Rome, Paris, and San Francisco. He is the artistic director of MAXXI in Rome, and Consulting Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

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Oleg Mavromatti is an artist and filmmaker active since 1989, and a radical performance artist in 1990s Moscow, where he was a member of legendary Moscow performance art groups “Expropriation of the Territory of Art” and NECEZIUDIK, among others.

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Alan Michelson is a New York-based artist, curator, lecturer and Mohawk member of the Six Nations of the Grand River. For over twenty-five years, he has been one of the leading practitioners of a socially engaged, critically aware, site-specific art grounded in local context and informed by the retrieval of repressed histories.

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NCAC's mission is to promote freedom of thought, inquiry and expression and to oppose censorship in all its forms.

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Karyn Olivier (b. Trinidad and Tobago) received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A at Dartmouth College. She has exhibited at the Gwangju and Busan Biennials, World Festival of Black Arts and Culture (Dakar, Senegal), The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum of Art, MoMA P.

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Poet and criminal defense attorney Vanessa Place divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her conceptual poetry, which is often provocative, explores the impact of context and expectation. In 2015, Place was attacked over a long-running social media performance, where she tweeted the full text of the novel Gone With the Wind.

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Boryana Rossa is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of electronic arts, film, video, performance and photography and a professor in Transmedia department at the School of Visual and Performing Arts, Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York).

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Dexter Wimberly is an entrepreneur and independent curator who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world including The Third Line (Dubai); Koki Arts (Tokyo); Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh, NC; and the Museum of Arts and Design (NYC).
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