Making Home: Artist Residency at Brown Arts Institute, Brown University 2022
A series of events at Brown Arts Institute, featuring Baltimore-based, queer, experimental electronic musician and multidisciplinary artist Abdu Ali.“For when a people no longer have the space to construct a homeplace, we cannot build a meaningful community of resistance” - bell hooks, “Homeplace (a site of resistance)”, 1990. Abdu Ali is a Baltimore-based electronic musician, writer, cultural worker and multidisciplinary artist who works in sound, collaboration, video and performance. Their work interrogates race, gender, and sexuality through poetic inquiries of identity - promoting self-determination and liberation from oppressive ideologies. “Making Home” celebrates the ways in which artists develop their day-to-day lives and creative practices as experiments in creating homeplaces as art and art as home. What do we associate with home? What are the emotional, physical, political parameters of home? What is in between our understanding of home and what we experience, and what others experience as home? When we travel, we go away from “home” but why? How do we care for, or neglect each other in our homes? Reimagining our understanding of “local” Abdu Ali creates work that is universally abundant while also specifically “regional,” a hybrid realignment of place and space. An embodied and visceral manifestation of home and community. Ali will collaborated with local arts organization AS200, the Brown Department of Music and the Brown Arts Institute to present concerts, workshops, and conversations with the Brown and Providence art and music community. The event and programs were co-curated and organized by Bonnie Jones, PhD student in the MMC Program and Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo, Assistant Professor of Music in collaboration with the Brown Arts Institute.