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.