This program includes a series of surprise performances by Emilý Æyer, Anthony Almendarez, Ivette Roman Roberto, and Jawwaad Taylor and talks with artist Elana Mann will take place over the course of the fall exhibition season. This series of performances is supported by Nameless Sound. Follow us on instagram.com/lawndaleartcenter to participate.
Featured image: Portrait of artist, actress, and activist Lili Bernard with her son, Joshua, and Elana Mann’s hands-up-don’t-shoot-horn. Bernard’s work exposes the post-colonial paradigm of suffering and resilience, through a collision of cruelty against compassion. The generational struggle of her Afro-Cuban immigrant family and Caribbean ancestors, coupled with her personal experiences as a rape and domestic violence survivor, informs her exploration of the impact of trauma and the unconquerable nature of the human spirit. (Photo credit: Jean-Paul Leonard)
Jawwaad Taylor’s bio forthcoming.
Elana Mann creates artwork that brings a greater consciousness to the listening and speaking we practice in everyday life, with the goal of building equanimity in ourselves and increasing equity in our world. Her artwork bridges sculpture, performance, community engagement, and politics. She is a recipient of the 2019 Stone & DeGuire Contemporary Art Award and a 2020 City of Los Angeles (COLA) Individual Artist Fellow. Mann was the 2019 Artist-in-Residence at the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator and the inaugural ceramics artist-in-residence at Pitzer College from 2017-2018.
Mann has presented her artwork in museums, galleries, and public spaces in the U.S, and abroad, most recently with solo exhibitions at Pitzer College Art Galleries (Claremont, CA), Commonwealth and Council (LA), and Baik Art (LA). Her artwork is part of public collections at the Getty Research Institute and the Center for Political Graphics, among others. In addition, Mann curates, collaborates, organizes, and writes. She co-edited, with John Burtle, the performance score anthology, “Propositional Attitudes: What do we do now?” (Golden Spike Press: 2018), with book events at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. She lives in Southern California with her two children and partner, where she is a founding member of the Anti-Racist Committee of South Pasadena.