Invitation opening reception (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee. This exhibition is an overview of all the work produced during this 3-year performative documentary project, including the new 3 channel video installation, produced this summer.
(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles
Thursday Sept 20th from 5 – 8 pm. Gallery Talk 6 pm: Artist Kirsten Leenaars in conversation with filmmaker Jesse McLean.
Haggerty Museum of Art, at Marquette University
530 N 13th St, Milwaukee
Exhibition Rehousing the American Dream: Freedom Principles runs: August 17, 2018 – January 17, 2019 at the Haggerty Museum of Art
Link to show: http://www.marquette.edu/haggerty/kirsten-leenaars3.php
Project website: https://rehousingtheamericandream.wordpress.com/
(Re)Housing the American Dream is a cumulative performative documentary project (2015-ongoing) that explores the role of film as political action. This experimental multi-year documentary project follows a group of American and refugee youths, growing up in the time of Trump, through the collective making of performative video and text based work exploring the construct of the American Dream. The production period is structured as an annual summer camp in which the works are developed through collaborative processes with the participants. The produced work reflects on current socio-political issues, their lived experiences, individual perspectives and their collective imagination. The annual works cumulatively inform each other and tell the story of a resilient, diverse, opinioned group of youngsters living in divisive times.
(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles explores the historical, cultural and personal notions of freedom through performative actions that have been developed collectively during a one-week intensive film production. The group spent a significant amount of their time exploring the roots to various freedom struggles in Milwaukee, specifically looking to the speech and actions of the youth chapter of the NAACP, who were instrumental in leading a number of civil rights protests in the city in the 1960s. Together, the artist and participants moved throughout the city, visiting the different historical sites where important civil rights actions took place. Marking, building, commemorating, (re)claiming, imagining, occupying, embodying, framing, performing, transmitting many facetted ways freedom can take form. Link to video: https://vimeo.com/290212255
Director/Editor: Kirsten Leenaars; Assistant Director: Lindsey Barlag-Thornton; Camera: Ellie Hall and Orlando Pinder; Sound: Jimmy Schauss; Production Assistants: Li Ming Hu and Zachary Hutchinson; Composer: Paul Deuth
Performers: Isa Ali Ahmad, Nur Ali Ahmad, Yusof Ali Ahmad, Rokimah Ali Ahmad, Alanis Aranda-Salgado, Javon Amin Barker, Elsa Grace Berner, Paw Htoo Boe, Iman Fatmi, Nina Jackson, Vittoria Patricia Lucchesi, Amina Mohamed, Rahma Mohamed, Malechi Moore, Matthew Moore, Grace Elaine Ohlendorf, Ju Hta Paw, Hannah Plevin, Paw Boe Say and Naw Tha Da.
Support for this exhibition and accompanying programs is provided by the Beatrice Haggerty Endowment Fund, the Frederick A. and Mary Ellen Muth Program Endowment, the Haggerty Museum Sommerich Fund, the Joan Pick Endowment Fund, the Lillian Rojtman Berkman Endowment Fund, the Marquette University Women’s Council Endowment Fund, the Martha and Ray Smith, Jr. Endowment Fund, the Mary Martha Doerr Endowment Fund, the Nelson Goodman Endowment Fund, the Richard P. Herzfeld Endowment Fund, the Spicuzza/Hambling Quasi-Endowed Fund, the Stackner Family Endowment Fund, and Greater Milwaukee Foundation.