Ritual and Recollection: Assembling The Love Balm Project

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm


APC/GSWS Conference Room, Fisher-Bennett Hall, Suite 345

This location is ADA accessible

Work in Progress Seminar: Arielle Julia Brown (APC Visiting Artist)

Join Visiting Artist Arielle Julia Brown as she shares about her leadership and development of The Love Balm Project. The Love Balm Project (2010-2015) is a series of workshops and performances based on the testimonies of women of color who have lost children to systemic violence. Facilitated both in Atlanta, GA and the San Francisco Bay Area, this project existed as public site specific performances, a play, an insitute where wherein other cultural workers were trained in the project methodology, a conference, closed workshops for collective members and workshops for young people in and out of carceral spaces. Over this lunch talk Arielle will discuss the elements of this work, its material conceptual intersections with the Movement for Black Lives, and the impact of ritual performance work in the work of communal healing.

Arielle Julia Brown is a cultural producer and social and civic practice theatre artist. During her residence, Brown will continue developing her work Fallawayinto, a performance installation about Donna Booker, a Black trans woman activist. Concurrently, she will spend time developing the second iteration of Black Spatial Relics, a residency program for performance makers about slavery, justice and freedom. Brown will also mentor undergraduate students working at the intersection of slavery and gender studies, and present her work at an APC seminar. Brown is interested in how cultural institutions and arts initiatives can facilitate social justice and cultural equity through the championing of culturally specific performance. Emerging from her work and research around U.S. slavery, racial terror and justice, Brown is committed to supporting and creating Black performance work that commands imaginative and material space for social transformation. In service of this work, Brown’s practice is necessarily multidisciplinary as it traverses cultural producing, cultural strategy, performance making, dramaturgy, public history and performance curation. Brown has received various awards and fellowships for her work. She is most recently a 2018 MAP Fund awardee for her collaborative work, Remember2019.


Brown’s Visiting Artist position is made possible through the generous support of Sach Program for Arts InnovationCenter for Experimental EthnographyTrustees’ Council of Penn Women,and the Penn Slavery Project

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