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Community Conversations: catherine SCOTI scott

March 10, 2024 | 1:00PM - 3:00PM



catherine SCOTI scott presents Akara, Acaraje’, Blackeye Fritters: Food, Memory and Resistance, a performed narration that explores the DNA of foodways as a pathway to identity. Her food-sharing, socially engaged art practice will reference works on view in the exhibition The House Was Too Small: Yoruba Sacred Arts from Africa and Beyond, inspiring a participatory demonstration of food preparation and enjoyment. Food plays a key role in the spiritual practices of the Yoruba diaspora. scott will address the power of taste and smell as acts of resistance and affirmation.

catherine SCOTI scott is an LA-based performance artist, dancer, cultural worker, and ethnologist. She received her M.F.A. from Otis College of Art & Design, M.A. in Dance and Ethnology at UCLA, and B.A. in political science at Rutgers University. She has performed at Palm Springs Museum of Art, Made in LA 2018, REDCAT, 18th Street Art Center, Highways Performance Space, Beta Main Museum, and Ben Maltz Gallery, and has held workshops at Open Engagement in Chicago and at USC.

Community Conversations are co-curated with artist and abolitionist Patrisse Cullors, whose installation forms part of the exhibition The House Was Too Small. These dialogues bring together community partners, leaders, artists, and Ifa practitioners to explore and celebrate the orisha divinities who play a vital part in our everyday lives.

This program is funded by the Nissan Foundation and co-sponsored by the Center for Religion and Cities at Morgan State University, supported by the Henry Luce Foundation.

Image courtesy of the artist.

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