Join a virtual kick-off to a series of opportunities to engage with Lunder Institute Resident Fellow Veronica A. Perez in artistic process. During this virtual kick-off, learn about Veronica A. Perez’s work, which focuses on identity, experience, and existence. Perez will share about the sculptural pieces she is developing through a series of workshops this February engaging the relationships between hair, race, and identity. Perez also will be joined by Flor Cron from PRESENTE to talk about community care, mutual aid, and interdependency.
If you would like to braid along during the conversation, you can register to pick up hair from Greene Block + Studios in downtown Waterville. Throughout the workshop series, Perez will incorporate the hair participants braid into the in-process sculptures, which will be on display on the ground floor of Greene Block + Studios for the duration of the workshop series. In addition to the workshops, Perez invites BIPOC participants to have their personal stories recorded and encapsulated in the ongoing sculpture series.
Following this virtual kick-off is a series of three in-person workshops that are free and open to the Colby community. All will take place at Greene Block + Studios, 18 Main St. Waterville, ME, 04901 from 4 pm – 6 pm. Attendees associated with Colby College will be emailed the registration information for these workshops following this virtual Kick-Off event.
February 9th – Open Mic
Bring a poem, writing from you or someone else focusing on community care and interdependency. Braiding will take place while others are reading, followed by discussion.
February 16th – Pelo Malo Film Screening
Braid while watching the movie Pelo Malo and talking about the themes found in the film such as race relations, identity, and the experience of the self through hair.
February 23rd – Discussion: Collaboration and Community Building
Perez will be joined by collaborators (TBA) to discuss their work building community on and off campus at Colby.