Project Title: Art/I/Fact
Project Description: Sherese Francis excavates various etymologies, histories and myths, in the search for community stories that have been buried due to misinformation, stereotypes, cultural amnesia and social oppressions. The Southeast Queens-based poet and artist recycles found materials to create a unique, sacred, and collective text. For her project Art/I/Fact, Francis will research collective memory in Jamaica by hosting a series of participatory public workshops to create 2-D and 3-D time capsule-like assemblages.
How to Participate:
Sherese recently conducted three workshops with Queens Memory--
MEMORY AS TIME CAPSULES WORKSHOP SERIES: IMAGERY AS A TOOL FOR REMEMBERING
Nov. 17, 7PM--"In this workshop, participants will learn from Queens artist and poet Sherese Francis about ekphrastic poetry as a way to engage differently with and meditate on what’s important about the spaces in which we live. Then, we will create our own poetic pieces inspired by image-based prompts for various Southeast Queens spaces to access past and future memories of these spaces. This workshop is part of the Jamaica Flux project, “Art/I/Fact,” which will be a series of time capsule collages inspired by Southeast Queens."
MEMORY AS TIME CAPSULES WORKSHOP SERIES: HISTORY AND MYSTORY
Dec. 1, 7PM--"In this workshop, Queens artist and poet Sherese Francis will lead us to craft our own poetic stories from excerpts of historical documents and research about various Southeast Queens spaces using the practices of found and erasure poetry."
MEMORY AS TIME CAPSULES WORKSHOP SERIES: POETRY COLLAGE AS MEMORY ALTARS
Dec. 15, 7PM--"In this workshop, Queens artist and poet Sherese Francis will teach participants about collage and assemblage as meditative extensions of our memories, a kind of external hard drive for our minds. We will look at the works of a few collage and assemblage artists and how their works function in this way. Then, we will develop plans to create our own poetry collage memory altars for our neighborhoods."
Learn more at QueensMemory.org and visit the artist's website below to contact them directly for ways to participate beyond the workshops.