Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus

Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus

Collages by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Sound Art by Sangodare

February 20 – 28, 2015

This winter people around the United States have been protesting police violence by repeating the tragic last words of Eric Garner: “I can’t breathe.” Here in Durham activists have been diligently drawing attention to acts of police violence and harassment in our own community. As an act of love for a community in transformation, local artists Alexis Pauline Gumbs and Julia Roxanne Wallace are using a technology they call “Black Feminist Breathing” to offer one strategy for how outraged, and exhausted communities can connect to a legacy of activism and build resources for their long-term spiritual, emotional and physical resilience.

Breathing Back: A Meditation Chorus features visual art by Alexis Pauline Gumbs and music composed by Julia Roxanne Wallace (Sangodare) in honor of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Pauli Murray, Lucille Clifton, Toni Cade Bambara, Ida B. Wells and many more. This is the perfect space to continue a winter of resistance and celebrate a Black History Month to remember.

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Opening Reception: Friday, February 20, 6 – 9 pm; Opening night will feature a talk by the artists, refreshments and activities for the whole family.

Breathing in Community: Mantras and Reflection facilitated by Alexis and Sangodare: Saturday, February 21, 2 pm

My Words Will Be There: Audre Lorde Lecture: Thursday, February 26, 6 pm

Closing Sound Circle: Saturday, February 28, 1 pm

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