Discussion Braided Strategies For A Collective Future

Joel Garcia, Cheyenne Concepcion, Rosten Woo, Mohamed Amjahid © Joel Garcia, Cheyenne Concepcion, Rosten Woo, M. Heinke

Thu, 02/17/2022


Goethe-Institut LA Project Space

From Left, Joel Garcia, Cheyenne Concepcion, Rosten Woo, Mohamed Amjahid

How do artists, cultural workers, and communities develop frontline strategies to uplift and center the lesser-known and suppressed stories of our cities and communities?

Join Joel Garcia (Los Angeles), Cheyenne Concepcion (San Francisco and New York), Rosten Woo (Los Angeles), and moderator Mohamed Amjahid (Berlin) at the Goethe-Institut Los Angeles for an evening of conversation about radical artist-led projects and frameworks that propose to offer new ways for communities and cities to authentically remember, memorialize and imagine collective futures.  

Admission is free. Face covering/masks required for all visitors.
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Braided Strategies for a Collective Future is presented as part of the Shaping the Past exhibition on view until February 28th at the Goethe-Institut.

Joel Garcia (Huichol) is an Indigenous artist and cultural organizer that uses Indigenous-based frameworks to center those most impacted, and arts-based strategies such as printmaking, installations, creative action, and altar-making to raise awareness of issues facing underserved communities, youth, and other targeted populations. In various roles, he has worked with Indigenous communities across borders in support of issues of land, access, and self-determination. His work explores healing and reconciliation, as well as memory and place. He previously served as Co-Director at Self Help Graphics & Art (‘10-’18) a nationally acclaimed arts organization and is the co-founder of Meztli Projects, an Indigenous-based arts & culture collaborative centering indigeneity into the creative practice of Los Angeles.  Joel is a fellow of Monument Lab and “Shaping the Past” (20-’21).

Cheyenne Concepcion (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a Filipino-American artist and designer working between San Francisco and New York. She creates work that examines the politics of place, using installation, social practice, sculpture, and textile. Drawing on her interest and research in urban planning and utilizing her training as a designer, Concepcion’s work is site-specific and is centered on cultural memory, place-based activism, and migration and often has a public component. Concepcion was a 2020 Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fellow. In 2019, she was a Monument Lab Fellow and recipient of the Excellence in Design Award from UC Berkeley. She is the co-founder of New Monuments Taskforce, an art collective guised as a fantastical municipal agency engaged in the dialogue, development, and design of New Monuments in California. Her work has been shown nationally, in museums, galleries, and in-situ. A “self-taught” artist, Concepcion received her Master’s in Landscape Architecture from UC Berkeley and Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Planning from UC San Diego.

Rosten Woo (he/him/his) is a designer, writer, and educator living in Los Angeles. He produces civic-scale artworks and works as a collaborator and consultant to a variety of grassroots and non-profit organizations and the city of Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. He is co-founder and former executive director of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), a New York-based non-profit organization dedicated to using art and design to foster civic participation. His book, "Street Value," about race, design, and urban retail development, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. He teaches art and design at the California Institute of the Arts, Pomona College, and Art Center College of Design and has lectured internationally. He has served on the boards of the Los Angeles Forum, Place in History, and Groundswell Community Mural Project. He is currently engaged in a Stanton fellowship, researching civic memory and the civic imagination.

Mohamed Amjahid was born as the son of so-called guest workers in Frankfurt am Main in 1988. He studied political science in Berlin and Cairo. After completing his master's degree, Amjahid worked for several prominent German newspapers. He is now a freelance investigative journalist currently working on several new book projects. His latest book, "Der weiße Fleck“ (Whitewash) is published by Piper Publishing.

Shaping the Past is a partnership between Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) that addresses pressing issues around what, whom, and how to remember in public spaces.