Artists Anida Yoeu Ali, Davida Ingram and Natasha Marin will each present on their work followed by a panel discussion on social practice artmaking moderated by RYAN! [sic] Feddersen. This event is in conjunction with the City of Tacoma’s Public Art: Public Action artist training program activating the Tacoma Mall area this summer, and is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Anida Yoeu Ali – www.anidaali.com
Ali is an artist, educator and global agitator. Ali’s practice spans performance, installation, videos, images, public encounters and political agitation. Utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to art-making, her installation and performance works investigate the artistic, spiritual, and political collisions of a hybrid transnational identity. In 2015, Ali won the top prize of the Sovereign Art Prize, Hong Kong. Her work is exhibited internationally, most notably with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, 5th Fukuoka Asian Art Triennial, Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art, Palais de Tokyo, and the Asia Pacific Triennial 8. She is a collaborative partner with Studio Revolt, a trans-nomadic artist-run media lab whose controversial works on deportation have caused White House interns to be fired. Ali earned her B.F.A. from University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and an M.F.A. from School of the Art Institute Chicago. She is currently the Artist-in-Residence at the University of Washington, Bothell where she teaches art, performance, and global studies courses. Ali resides in Tacoma and spends much of her time working between the Asia-Pacific region and the U.S.
C. Davida Ingram
Ingram is a conceptual artist known for making subversive social inquiries. She is passionate about beauty and social justice, and her primary muses are race, gender, and social relationships. Her imagination focuses on the lives of Black femmes using a wide range of mediums – Craig’s list ads, drones, photography, gold grills, and more – to reshape what is possible in her own identification with being a Black queer woman. Ingram’s art has been shown at the Frye Art Museum, Northwest African American Museum, Evergreen College, Bridge Productions, Intiman Theater, Town Hall, and more. Her writings have been included in Arcade, Ms. Magazine blog, The James Franco Review, and The Stranger. Ingram received the 2014 Stranger Genius Award in Visual Arts. In 2016, she was a Neddy Artist Award finalist, a Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow, and was voted one of the twenty most talented people in the city by Seattle Magazine.
Natasha Marin – www.black-imagination.com
Marin is a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged Art Forum, the New York Times, the Washington Post, the LA Times, NBC, Al Jazeera, Vice, PBS and others. This year, the City of Seattle and King County have backed “Black Imagination” – a series of conceptual exhibitions. “Black Imagination” has engaged (and paid!) black folks from all over the Pacific Northwest region and the world – amplifying, centering, and holding sacred a diverse sample of voices including LGBTQIA+ black youth, incarcerated black women, black folks with disabilities, unsheltered black folks, and black children. The viral web-based project, “Reparations,” engaged a quarter of a million people worldwide in the practice of “leveraging privilege,” and earned Marin, a mother of two, death threats by the dozens. As a busy consultant and community builder, Natasha was listed as one of 30 women who “Run This City” by Seattle Met magazine in 2018.
RYAN! Feddersen – www.ryanfeddersen.com
Feddersen is a mixed-media installation artist who specializes in interactive and immersive artworks that invite audience engagement. She was born and raised in Wenatchee. Feddersen received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Cornish College of the Arts in 2009, graduating Magna Cum Laude. She remained in Seattle for approximately 10 years while working as an artist, studio assistant, and arts administrator, before relocating to Tacoma where she is now based with her husband and two cats: Brock, Gonzo, and Gamma Ray. She was inspired to create interactive and temporary artworks as a way to honor an indigenous perspective on the relationship between artist and community. Her approach emphasizes humor, play, and creative engagement to create opportunities for personal introspection and discovery. Feddersen has created large-scale interactive installations and site-specific pieces throughout the region, working with Seattle Office of Arts and Culture, Tacoma Art Museum, MoPOP (EMP), The Henry Gallery, Museum of Northwest Art, Spokane Arts, Spaceworks, and the Missoula Art Museum. Recently, Feddersen was named a 2018 National Fellow in Visual Arts with the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
The panel discussion takes place June 15, 7-9 p.m. at Real Art Tacoma, 5412 South Tacoma Way, Tacoma. It is free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/397564374071707.