New Artists Featured In Counterspaces Exhibit

Authored By: dies0044 02/10/2022

Counterspaces Art PieceFebruary 1, 2022 – July 3, 2022

The University of Minnesota Rochester and the Rochester Art Center are happy to share the newest artists showcased in the participatory community display titled “Counterspaces”

“Counterspaces” is a collective healing project for Rochester community members who have been impacted by the existing and increasing acts of racialized violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC). This space is dedicated for listening to the stories, thoughts and feelings of marginalized community members. This space is also for all members to creatively share their thoughtful responses. Counterspaces are “safe social spaces… which offer support and enhance feelings of belonging”* in marginalized individuals existing in spaces that are not made with them in mind. A counterspace is much more than just one of safety. It is a place of possibility for empowerment and transformation. And it is more than just a space of survival; as it is a space where critiques of and understandings on how oppression operates at the local level are collectively understood and acted upon at the larger, structural one.  

Curated by Zoe Cinel at the Rochester Art Center, the artwork has been created by students that have attended guided workshops led by Professor Yuko Taniguchi and Dr. Angie Mejia. These workshops have been intentionally designed to provide a counterspace for POC at the University of Minnesota Rochester. Work from the following artists will be displayed: Kristen Newton, Brian Chang, Petra Algadi, Alexis Pena, Michelle T. Vue, Kao Moua, Kylie Pha, Ria Kaushal. In addition to showcasing the students’ works, the “Counterspaces” Participatory Community Display at the Rochester Art Center invites visitors to contribute to a Poetry Wall and to an Origami Wall by reflecting on the themes of the project and sharing with others.

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Open hours: Wednesday - Sunday 11am - 4pm
Admission: $5 Adults // Ages 21 & Under: Free // Members are always free
Address: Rochester Art Center, 30 Civic Center Drive SE, Suite 120, Rochester, MN 55904
Phone: 507-282-8629