festival:festival 2018–A FREE two-day arts festival in Seattle (Media Kit)

Friends,

We posted our media kit here. Hopefully, it provides some insight into our ambitious project. Thanks for clicking through to learn about festival:festival, and we’d love to hear what you think (Please send emails to contact@festivalfestival.art ).

Cheers,

Juan Franco and the rest of the team @festival.festival // www.festivalfestival.art

P.S. You can find all of the images below (and then some) on Dropbox here 👉http://bit.ly/FF18Dropbox

It’s the festival:festival team here!

We create vibrant spaces through creative frameworks.

We are so excited to announce that festival:festival is returning for its second year to Seattle on August 10th and 11th, 2018!

MISSION

festival:festival is an arts presenting platform focusing on Seattle artists and practices that engage with intersectional structures and identities.

FEMAIL at festival:festival 2017, Cal Anderson Park, Capitol Hill (Photography: Cameron Fletcher).

VISION

The vision of the festival is to create vibrant spaces through creative frameworks of empowerment, healing, and intentionality with the goal of building a sustainable and accessible arts community.

Modern Recollections at festival:festival 2017, BASE: Experimental Arts + Space, Georgetown (Photography: Cameron Fletcher).

STRATEGY

festival:festival brings together and celebrates live music, performance, theatre, dance, visual arts, panel discussions, workshops, and other creative presentations removing the barriers that often separate the arts into genre-specific venues and programming.

Youth in Focus Student Exhibition at festival:festival 2017, BASE: Experimental Arts + Space, Georgetown(Photography: Cameron Fletcher).

To maximize accessibility, all programming this year will be free and open to the public!

All programs will happen in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle at Northwest Film Forum and LoveCityLove. Both venues are less than 10 minutes away from the Capitol Hill Light Rail Station.

EQUITY

Artists and cultural workers produce vital cultural services with reduced or even no financial support. Seattle, as one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, perpetuates an ever growing endemic of economic inequality. The burden falls disproportionately on historically exploited communities. At festival:festival, we are dedicated to present, support, and invest in artists and cultural workers from these communities.

festival:festival 2018 Artist Trailer

ARTISTS

KHADIJA TARVER
MATT OFFENBACHER
NATASHA MARIN
BEN GALE-SCHRECK
GOODSTEPH
CHRISTOPHER PAUL JORDAN
MIA HARRISON
LUSHLOSS
SPACEFILLER
DAVID RUE + RANDY FORD
GUAYABA
DÉJÀ SPEAKS
HANAN DIRIYE
SIMBA MAFUNDIKWA
MMUUMM
KAMYAR MOHSENIN
CHELSEA RODINO
MONYEE CHAU 
SYDNEY MENJIVAR
ZAYRA MARIONA
T. STEFANSKI

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

Northwest Film Forums
LoveCityLove
Youth In Focus
secondnature
Bridge Productions
Jacob Lawrence Gallery

OUR CURATORS

Sara Porkalob, arts-activist, playwright, performer, and director (Photography: Joshua Taylor).
mario lemafa, artist, poet, and community organizer (Photography: mario lemafa).
“Stories told of this city today suggest that its inhabitants measure time with harm, damage is currency, and that more so than rain, coping is the definitive weather feature. festival festival bookends these tales with visions for a communal salve, highlighting artists work who come to us in good faith. I could not be more thrilled to help usher in ff’s 2nd year, a chance for cohesion an opportunity to nurture an ever more vibrant arts community, and by extension, our communities.” –mario lemafa
Amina Maya, designer and photographer (Photography: Yousuf Dirie).
“As a curator for festival:festival, I am currently interested in creating healing spaces, that celebrates unapologetic Blackness and expands the consciousness of those who interact with it . I am interested in changing the dynamic with which we interact with art and music to be less of an extraction and more of an energetic exchange.”–Amina Maya

The curatorial vision of festival:festival 2018 examines the role of the arts and restorative practices that create frameworks of healing.

OUR FOUNDERS

Carl Lawrence, artist and director (Photography: Jacob Rosen).
Juan Franco, artist and curator (Photography: Joshua Taylor).

TEAM BIOS

mario lemafa, Curator http://www.mariolemafa.com
mario lemafa (1990) is an artist, poet and organizer currently working in Seattle and living in South King County, Coast Salish lands. Their work engages with indigenous-diaspora dialectics, collectivist-individual relations, poetics, archiving and recognition. A 2016 Stranger Genius Award nominee, lemafa has shown in group and solo exhibitions with the occasional curatorial effort.

Sara Porkalob, Curator http://www.saraporkalob.com/
Sara Porkalob is an arts-activist, playwright, performer, and director based in Seattle. She’s been featured on City Art’s Future List, served as Intiman Theatre’s 2017 Co-Curator, and was one of the first recipients of a Village Theatre Original Writers Residency. She is a co-founder of DeConstruct an online journal of intersectional performance critique. Dragon Lady, her first full length work, has garnered a Seattle Times Footlight Award and Broadway World Award for “Best New Play” and in 2019, she will develop and perform her Dragon Cycle at American Repertory Theatre. This summer, she will produce a concert version of new musical The Lamplighter with collaborators Justin Huertas and Kirsten deLohr Helland.

Amina Maya, Curator http://www.aminamaya.com/ 
Amina Maya is a designer and photographer whose work centers around documenting and celebrating the beauty of the African diaspora. With roots in both Sierra Leone and the United States, Amina draws upon the imagery, color, and patterns that define West African art as well as the rich, evolving art culture of Black America. Currently, her practice is focused on artistically healing from multi-generational trauma, connecting with spirituality and unearthing ancestral wisdom. Amina graduated from Cornish College of the Arts with a BFA in Visual Communications in 2018. Her work has been featured in PDN Edu and Lithium Magazine.

Juan Franco, Co-Founder & Organizer http://www.juanfran.co/
Juan Franco is an artist, organizer, and educator.

Franco works in a multidisciplinary practice combining photography, performance, and collage to create works that investigate representations of intimacy, the queer body, and built environments.

They are dedicated to creating and nourishing cultural practices through the lens of social justice, equity, and liberation politics. They are particularly interested in dismantling institutional processes in Contemporary Art that perpetuate white supremacy, capitalism, and colonialism.

Carl Lawrence, Co-Founder & Organizer http://www.modernrecollections.org/
Carl Lawrence (b. 1992) is a Seattle-based artist and director whose work oscillates between performance, installation, and visual art. His work has been seen most notably with Seattle-based experimental theatre company Modern Recollections with whom he has presented work locally and nationally at venues such as The Watermill Center, On The Boards, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Olson Kundig, Yellow Fish Epic Durational Performance Festival XIV, and Next Fest NW 2014. He will be presenting work at the ITINERANT Performance Festival curated by Hector Canonage at the Knockdown Center in New York in May 2018. He is also currently developing a new play entitled “aaaa” that will premiere at Base: Experimental Arts + Space in November 2018.

ARTISTS BIOS

KHADIJA TARVER

Khadija Tarver is an artist based in Seattle, WA. She received her MA and BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Tarver recently began to take her interest in poetry, installation, and performance seriously — committing to create and share work. She aims to create intimacies at every scale.

www.khadijatarver.com

MATTHEW OFFENBACHER

Matthew Offenbacher seeks constructive, positive positions at often difficult intersections of individuals, communities and institutions. His work has been called “freakishly egoless”, vulnerable, funny and queer. Offenbacher grew up in Portland, Oregon and lives in Seattle, Washington, USA. He also runs La Norda Specialo, a press which publishes ‘zines and books by Northwest artists.

www.helloari.com/~matt

NATASHA MARIN

www.black-imagination.com

Natasha Marin is a conceptual artist whose people-centered projects have circled the globe since 2012 and have been recognized and acknowledged by 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 PNW 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.

BENJAMIN GALE-SCHRECK

Benjamin Gale-Schreck is an interdisciplinary artist, residing in Seattle, Washington. Gale-Schreck’s practice resonates with familial relationships and generational departures. Through object based performance and collaboration; the work weaves the present and the past.

Born in Carlock Illinois, he later moved to Boulder Colorado to attend the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he graduated with a BFA in Sculpture, as well as a BA in Art History in 2013. Learning through the reciprocal exchange of teaching, Gale-Schreck worked as an educator as well as fine art fabricator, until moving to Seattle. Receiving an MFA from the University of Washington Seattle in 2016.

He continues to tour nationally with the Flinching Eye Collective, recipients of The Idea Fund funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in 2014, showcasing performances. In addition Gale-Schreck’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in Valdivia Chile, Cuernavaca Mexico, Bethlehem Palestine; Houston, TX, Brooklyn, NY, among others.

GOODSTEPH

Goodsteph is a homegrown artist based in Seattle via Detroit, MI. His work spans across many different mediums, most notably in music, and design. His debut music project mela.ninlanded him a spot in City Arts’ Best New Artist 2017 issue, and on the Upstream Music Festival stage. In addition to his performance efforts, he has sound design credits for Intiman Theatre’s Emerging Artist Program, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings (Book-It Rep), Milk Like Sugar (ArtsWest), and Peerless (Artswest). His unique artistry encourages growth and empowerment for communities of color first, in hopes to one day create a more healthy, human dwelling place for all.

CHRISTOPHER PAUL JORDAN

Christopher Paul Jordan integrates virtual and physical public space to form infrastructures for dialogue and self-determination among dislocated people. Jordan’s paintings and sculptures are time-capsules from his work in community. His 7000 sq. ft. panoramic mural from #COLORED2017 is now buried into the walls of the Carpenter’s Union Building in Tacoma where it can only be rediscovered through demolition. Jordan’s installations and public projects have been implemented internationally including Trinidad and Tobago, Taiwan, and Mexico. His work has been recognized by the Neddy Artist Award in painting, the James W Ray Venture Project Award, the Jon Imber Fellowship, and the GTCF Foundation of Art Award. Jordan co-directs the grassroots youth organization Fab-5, which empowers young people as creative leaders who inspire change in their surroundings.

MIA HARRISON

THE BLK BLND is a pacific northwest native Artivist (Art + Activist) and experimental poet. In a time where words hurt more than sticks and stones, she uses her art as activism. Mia has amassed years of experience as a freelance writer for several organizations, composing everything from copy to original, research-based pieces. And in her spare time, she organizes art openings, seeks to create new worlds via art and strives to create community.

DAVID RUE + RANDY FORD

David Rue is a dance artist born in Liberia, and raised in Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor of individualized studies that combined Journalism, English, and Dance. From 2011–2015, he performed with TU Dance (directed by Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands) in St. Paul, MN where he danced the works of Dwight Rhoden, Camille A. Brown, Greg Dolbashian, Katrin Hall, and Uri Sands. He has also worked as a freelance arts and entertainment writer for the Minneapolis based publication, The Line Media. He is a 2017 City Arts Magazine Future List artist, and currently works collaboratively with Seattle-based choreographers, visual artists, and research scientists to explore the stories held within the body. David holds an MFA in Arts Leadership from Seattle University and works as the Public Programs Coordinator at Seattle Art Museum.

Randy Ford is a Seattle-born dancer, choreographer, actor, and activist. She/her, they/them grew up learning choreography in their living room from watching music videos as a child. It wasn’t until the age of 17 when performing became a reality. Identifying as a Black non-binary Transfemme, their work continues the conversation about race, gender, and intersectionality. Randy has worked with artists such as Dani Tirrell (Genre Bender, Black Bois), Markeith Wiley (IT’S NOT TOO LATE), Kitten N’ Lou (CAMPTACULAR), and BenDeLaCreme (Beware the Terror of Gaylord Manor). They’ve been recognized on City Arts Magazine’s 2018 Future List and SeattleDances’ 2016 DanceCrush Awards. When not on stage they teach at Vashon Dance Academy, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences, and with YMCA Powerful Schools.

SIMBA MAFUNDIKWA

Simba Mafundikwa was born in New York City and raised in Harare, Zimbabwe where he received a diploma in graphic design and new media from the Zimbabwe Institute of Vigital Arts (ZIVA). As an undergraduate, Simba studied architecture and graduated cum laude from the State University of New York at Delhi. During his time at SUNY, Simba received multiple scholarships and awards, including the Chancellor’s Award which is the highest honor bestowed upon a student in the SUNY system.

Simba participated in the ‘Afro-Imaginaries’ workshop in Harare, run by Columbia University’s GSAPP and Global Africa Lab. Shortly after, he collaborated in an artist residency on a project mapping the city of Harare with Nontsikelelo Mutiti (artist & educator) and Tinashe Mushakavanhu (writer & editor) both of Black Chalk at Keleketla Library in Johannesburg.

Simba’s aptitude for design translates into photography and a love for museums. He likes to document people and culture while traveling, and enjoys blending portraiture with architecture. Simba recently moved to Seattle, joining the architecture firm GGLO where he is developing his career as an architect.

Hanan Diriye

Hanan Diriye is a poet and storyteller currently residing in the pacific NW. Her work is influenced by her experience as a black woman, 2nd generation American and diaspora of Somaliland.

MMUUMM

mmuumm is a moniker of Seattle artist Brit Ruggirello. Combining her love of distorted loops and electronic voice echoes, Brit explores the sounds of womb resonance tones + somber aches of love.

www.britruggirello.com
https://mmuumm.bandcamp.com/
https://soundcloud.com/mmuummisqueen

Kamyar Mohsenin

Kamyar Mohsenin, 20 years of age, is an artist, filmmaker, and student from Santa Cruz, California, currently living in Seattle, WA.

LUSHLOSS

Olive Jun performs under the moniker Lushloss and concocts complex and intimate bedroom-centric electro-pop that can fill rooms much larger. Her popular debut album Asking/Bearing dropped last spring on Seattle’s Hush Hush Records.

CHELSEA RODINO

Chelsea Rodino generates new things utilizing a boundless range of materials and emotions. Throughout her work she is continually drawn to the ideas surrounding human connection, memory, self, movement, present time, and the unconventional. While in the midst of continually learning and unlearning, Chelsea finds the process of creating to be where the most fruitful notions grow. She moves through the creative process with no clear plan, just being as present and honest as possible.

SPACEFILLER

SPACEFILLER consists of artists Alexander Nagy and Alexander Miller and is the result of their long time collaboration and pursuit of visual art, music, programming and math. They reside in Seattle, WA.

Through the use of generative algorithmic graphics, projection mapping, and tactile interaction, SPACEFILLER seeks to establish venues for experimentation, play and discovery. By allowing viewers to manipulate the parameters of simulated natural systems, they create an opportunity to explore the delicate balance between order, chaos and complexity.

The name SPACEFILLER is a reference to a pattern in Conway’s Game of Life, a mathematical model that exhibits emergent behavior. The name also relates to the artists’ desire to create immersive, disorienting spaces filled with light.

SYDNEY MENJIVAR

Sydney Menjivar is a Seattle based t-shirt artist who has been working in embroidery for the last two or three years. Their current work is a collection of t-shirts with cursed Simpsons screen caps on them, creating reminiscent imagery and enjoyable content.

MONYEE CHAU

Monyee Chau (b. 1996) is a Seattle-based contemporary Chinese American artist. She received BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2018. Monyee explores the journey of healing through decolonization and reconnecting with her roots and ancestors through a variety of mediums. She has shown at Cornish College of the Arts, Pilchuck Glass School, and has independently curated various DIY exhibitions throughout Seattle. She has been the recipient of multiple Pilchuck scholarships, Cornish’s Art Merit’s scholarship, and nominations to the Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture, and the Corning award.

ZAYRA MARIONA

Zayra Mariona is a real life cartoon focusing on textile transformation to amplify the everyday. She’s here to bring the cheer!

T. STEFANSKI

T. Stefanski (b. 1992) an artist and maker fascinated by the tender beauty found in nature; the growth, decay and ebbing cycles of life. Her process-based practice explores concepts of imperfection through meditative repetition. Lately she has been focusing on refining her craft and designing a product line that reflects her wabi sabi influenced practice. She earned her BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in 2017. On September 1, she will be apart of Area Industry at Disjecta in Portland, OR which showcases established and emerging ceramic artists in the Pacific Northwest.

FUNDING

This project is supported by a grant from 4Culture.

We have also launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to help pay festival:festival artists, curators, and organizers.

Make a tax-deductible DONATION here: http://bit.ly/FF18Kickstarter

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