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For Freedoms is pleased to present a curated series of art activations for the LA Congress. 
Largely participatory and interactive, these pop-up art projects and activities range from performances, readings, screenings, creative workshops, and installations. Centered in creative activism, social practice and community-building, these projects appear in and throughout the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA, the Japanese American National Museum, and Hammer Museum.
As an extension of the Congress’ overall programming, these activations are meant to build momentum and awareness leading up to the 2020 presidential election through the perspectives and voices of artists, in order to spark civic engagement in local communities and beyond.

Geffen Contemporary at MOCA Activations:
Lyndon Barrois, For… Freedom
Chris Berntsen, Stephen Ira, I have to think of us as separate people 
Cassils & Rafa Esparza, La Arena
Russell Craig & Jesse Krimes, Rendering Justice: Repairing the Social Fabric
Paula Crown, Thoughts & Prayers and Humble Humbris
Alixa Garcia, Who's Next: Up in Arms
Marc Gottesman & Michael Walsh, FOUR FREEDOMS → YOUR FREEDOMS: A Census Activation
Coby Kennedy, Supply and Demand
Muna Malik, Blessing of the Boats
Favianna Rodriguez, POWER, EQUITY, REPAIR
Kambui Olujimi, A Life in Pictures - 8am to 10am; 11am to 3pm
JANM Activations:
Karen Ishizuka, You Are Here
Steve Locke, Three Deliberate Grays for Freddie (A Memorial for Freddie Gray)
Emily Hanako Momohara, Family Incarceration: Never Again is Now
Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger with Openbox (designed by MASS Design Group), The Writing on the Wall

Activation Artists/Performers
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Jesse Krimes

Jesse Krimes is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work explores how contemporary media shapes or reinforces societal mechanisms of power and control. While serving a six-year prison sentence, he produced numerous bodies of work, established prison art programs, and worked collaboratively... Read More →
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Aaron Huey

Founder, Amplifier
Amplifier is a nonprofit design lab that builds art and media experiments to amplify the most important movements of our times. We design and distribute art that engages people in the creation of a more just, inclusive and sustainable future. Since 2011, we’ve worked with hundreds... Read More →
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Lyndon Barrois

Lyndon Barrois is an artist and animator with a thirty-plus year career marked by a practice in many corners of the field including stop-motion work, groundbreaking CGI visual effects of feature films such as The Matrix Trilogy, and installations at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and... Read More →
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CASSILS is a visual artist working in live performance, film, sound, sculpture and photography. Cassils hasachieved international recognition for a rigorous engagement with the body as a form of social sculpture.Drawing on conceptualism, feminism, body art, gay male aesthetics; Cassils... Read More →
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Russell Craig

Russell Craig is self-taught multimedia artist who lives and works in Philadelphia. Craig is best known for his portraits of incarcerated subjects that address larger political and social issues, particularly criminal justice reform and the impact of the prison industrial complex... Read More →
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Paula Crown

Paula Crown is an artist, advocate, and entrepreneur. She has spearheaded progressive initiatives in education, children’s health, environmentally sustainable business practices, and the arts. A cross-disciplinary artist, Crown’s work engages pencil to 3D printers. Since 2015... Read More →
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Alixa Garcia

Alixa Garcia is a multidisciplinary artist. She is cofounder and artistic director of Climbing PoeTree, an activist multimedia theater and spoken-word duo. She is currently working to develop multimedia curricula to help learners understand and further analyze the systems of oppression... Read More →
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Marc Gottesman

Marc Gottesman is an advertising Creative Director and idea enthusiast. He discovered his passion for ideas as a college pre-med student when he was forced into an Art History class that changed his life. He followed this passion to the Guggenheim Collection and many advertising agencies... Read More →
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Chris Berntsen & Stephen Ira

Chris Berntsen is a New Orleans/New York based artist. His photography explores themes related to queerness, intimacy, and time. In addition to exhibition photography he also creates time-based projection and video works. Berntsen’s work has been exhibited in MoMA PS1, The Ogden... Read More →
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Karen Ishizuka

Karen L. Ishizuka is a third-generation American of Japanese descent who was part of the Asian American movement in Los Angeles. She is the author of Lost and Found: Reclaiming the Japanese American Incarceration, as well as many published articles, and coeditor of Mining the Home... Read More →

Coby Kennedy

Coby Kennedy’s work deals with often unspoken and unaddressed dynamics of media’s influence on modern social entitlement and problematics of self-image. Using the communication tools of advertising and the entertainment industry, his painting, sculpture and video works hint at... Read More →

Steve Locke

Steve Locke is a contemporary artist and educator based in Brooklyn, NY. His work explores figuration and perceptions of the male figure, and themes of masculinity and homosexuality through drawing, painting, sculpture and installation art. He received an M.F.A. in 2001 from the Massachusetts... Read More →
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Muna Malik

Muna Malik is an immersive artist based in Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic pursuits lie in documenting the lives of recent immigrants living in the United States. Her current work focuses on capturing poetic imagery and narratives of women of color and refugees. Malik's work has been... Read More →
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Kambui Olujimi

Kambui Olujimi was born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. He works within the realm of ideas rather than within an exclusive medium. Although he has directed a great deal of work in film, his is truly a multi-media practice. He crafts potent social commentary from delicate... Read More →
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Favianna Rodriguez

CEO, favianna.com
Favianna Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural strategist, and activist based in Oakland, California. Her work and collaborative initiatives address migration, economic inequality, gender justice, and ecology. Favianna leads art interventions around the United States... Read More →
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Bayeté Ross Smith

Bayeté Ross Smith is a photographer, interdisciplinary artist, and educator from Harlem, New York. He is a Presidential Leadership Scholar, a TED Resident and an inaugural POV NY Times embedded mediamaker.Bayeté’s work is in the collections of The Smithsonian Institution, the... Read More →

Mark Strandquist

Mark Strandquist has spent years using art as a vehicle for connecting diverse communities to amplify, celebrate, and power social justice movements. At the core of his practice is the belief that those most impacted by the criminal justice system are the experts society needs to... Read More →

Creative Time

Creative TimeWHY DO WE CONVENE? WHY SHOULD WE CONVENEInstallationAratani Central Hall, JANM Contribute to the generation of new concerns that we as organizers need to consider when asking people to convene. Creative Time, pioneering New York arts organization that has presented ambitious... Read More →

Writing on the Wall

Dr. Dreisinger is the founder of the “Prison-to-College Pipeline” program at John Jay College, and the founder and executive director of the “Incarceration Nations Network”. Founded in 2018, the “Incarceration Nations Network” is a global network that fosters and elevates... Read More →

Michael Walsh

Michael Walsh is an art director and graphic designer in the advertising industry working for national and international brands. His passion for creativity and progressive change led him to found The Creative Cabinet, a non-profit dedicated to matching creative volunteers with young... Read More →

Saturday February 29, 2020 8:00am - 6:00pm PST
Japanese American National Museum, The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA 152 N Central Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USA