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Origin Stories Workshops

Join LA-based artist Nicole Rademacher and her guests for a series of storytelling workshops and an evolving exhibition in the summer of 2017. The workshops were originally designed to empower adopted and fostered people to create and record their unique histories.

Origin Stories Workshops & Exhibition
July 12 – September 2, 2017
18th Street Arts Center | Atrium Gallery
Gallery hours: 11 AM-5 PM, Monday-Friday
Workshops on Saturdays throughout July and August

As a Los Angeles-based transracial Mexican-American adoptee artist Nicole Rademacher considers material such as gesture, space, and object as cultural artifacts in her largely image-based practice. Lately, Rademacher has begun to facilitate workshops with the adoptee community. She builds works collaboratively creating space to discuss meanings and examine the relationships between the bits and pieces as a way of describing alienation, belonging, intimacy, and identity.

The series of 90-minute Origin Stories Workshops consists of participants collaboratively creating a story using visual prompts. Using the story as inspiration, each participant creates at least one card (by drawing, tracing, collaging) that visually illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The series of workshops therefore creates sets of cards reflecting not only imagined past stories, but also future stories and remembered stories; stories that have been passed down in their families. The cards are exhibited, and in this way the exhibition progressively builds through the workshops.

Upcoming Events

Relinquishment and Reunion with Nicole Rademacher

Wednesday, July 12
1-3 PM
Atrium Gallery (Blue Bldg)
RSVP for a free ticket.

This workshop will focus on the concepts of relinquishment and reunion as they relate to Nicole’s personal story being a transracial Mexican-American adoptee artist and her reunion with her biological family. Nicole will be joined by feminist artist Jerri Allyn for this 2-hour workshop.Participants create stories in groups. Then individually they will each create visuals by drawing, tracing, collaging, etc. that illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The artworks created will be exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibition, and decks of divination cards to be used with future iterations of the workshops will be produced. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Climate Change with Chelo Montoya

Saturday, July 22
5-7 PM
Atrium Gallery (Blue Bldg)
Please RSVP for a free ticket.

This workshop will focus on the concept of climate change as it relates to Chelo Montoya’s hybrid practice in design, education, and social practice. Participants create stories collaboratively. Then they each create visuals by drawing, tracing, collaging, etc. that illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The artworks created will be exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibition, and decks of divination cards to be used with future iterations of the workshops will be produced. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Assimilation with Nateene Diu

Saturday, July 29
5-7 PM
Atrium Gallery (Blue Bldg)
Please RSVP for a free ticket.

This workshop will focus on the concept of assimilation as it relates to Nateene Diu’s experience as an American Born Chinese (ABC). Participants create stories in groups. Then individually they will each create visuals by drawing, tracing, collaging, etc. that illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The artworks created will be exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibition, and decks of divination cards to be used with future iterations of the workshops will be produced. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Otherness with Santana Dempsey

Sunday, August 6
3-5 PM
Atrium Gallery (Blue Bldg)
Please RSVP for a free ticket.

This workshop will focus on the concept of Otherness as it relates to Santana Dempsey’s experience as mixed-race adoptee and foster alum. Participants create stories in groups. Then individually they will each create visuals by drawing, tracing, collaging, etc. that illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The artworks created will be exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibition, and decks of divination cards to be used with future iterations of the workshops will be produced. Please RSVP, space is limited.

Family with Bitter Party

Saturday, August 26 
5-7 PM
Atrium Gallery (Blue Bldg)
Please RSVP for a free ticket.

This workshop will focus on the concept of family as it relates to the experiences of Bitter Party band members as queer, trans, and non-binary gender. Participants create stories in groups. Then individually they will each create visuals by drawing, tracing, collaging, etc. that illustrates something from the collective story, i.e. a character, the plot, the resolution, a problem along the way. The artworks created will be exhibited throughout the duration of the exhibition, and decks of divination cards to be used with future iterations of the workshops will be produced. Please RSVP, space is limited.

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