Burn Something Collective (BSC) presents RECORD, a public art exhibition conceptualized and curated by BSC members Lizy Bryant, Gabby Coll, Genevieve DeLeon, Adrienne Doyle, Zola Ellen, Mare Lodu, and Nance Musinguzi, featuring the work of visual artists Bereket Adamu, Faiza Mohamed, Grover Hogan, Hawwa Youngmark, Janice Essick, Jobi K Adams, Miku, Mariamu Fitch, Olivia Funkhouser-Reynolds, and Simone Alexa. The exhibition is now on view on the fenced lot at 1010 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN. 

About the exhibition: 

In the midst of a pandemic, in the remnants of a burned Lake Street, Burn Something Collective presents RECORD. This public art exhibition centers the recordkeeping duties of the body, the rage for the systems that fail us, and the blessing of regenerative imagination. 

The worldbuilding these artists achieve offer portals for the body and the psyche. In this work, we are witness to the paradoxical events of summer 2020 in Minneapolis, MN, and the relationship between destruction and transformation. Through escapism, defiance, tenderness and revelry, these works live the questions that can at times feel unanswerable. RECORD is an invitation into the archive of the body, be it yours, that of a city, or a world. Through the eyes of these artists, we are opened up to one version of a collective experience, which becomes many in our beholding. 

RECORD presents works selected by the Collective from submissions of visual art responding to the events of the last 16 months in the Twin Cities. The pieces presented in this exhibition were forged individually by ten femme, nonbinary, and trans Twin Cities artists from the Black diaspora:

Bereket Amadu: A Raisin in the Sun, 2020, digital Illustration

Faiza Mohamed: Play as a Form of Resistance, 2020, oil pastels and watercolor on paper

Grover Hogan: American Death Cult, 2021, ink, marker, and colored pencil on paper

Hawwa Youngmark: Burning, 2021, digital illustration

Janice Essick: This is a Picture of a Girl with Star Colors, 2020, mixed media on paper

Jobi K Adams: Hot Summer Blues, 2021, film photography

Miku: Flourish, 2021, digital illustration

Mariamu Fitch: Our Protection is Precious, 2016, collage on wood

Olivia Funkhouser-Reynolds: She, 2020, watercolor on paper

Simone Alexa: Joy Spika, High Mermaid Priestess, 2020, oil on canvas

Burn Something roots for resilience and unraveling. As a small collective of seven, we have shown up for one another this past year in ways that changed the direction of our lives. Part of curating is getting to broaden the circle of our mutual care and collaboration to new people, as to the artists in this show—our unyielding teachers. In the midst of transformation, the work of this collective points outward. May the strength we give to each other illuminate pathways to other worlds. 

Thank you to The Lake Street Council, Public Functionary, RYAN Companies, and Springboard for the Arts for their support in producing this exhibition. Project support provided by the Visual Arts Fund, administered by Midway Contemporary Art with generous funding from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York.

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About Burn Something Collective: 

Burn Something Collective is an experimental space at the intersection of curation, publishing, and peer-to-peer mentorship. Its members include Lizy Bryant, Gabby Coll, Genevieve DeLeon, Adrienne Doyle, Zola Ellen, Mare Lodu, and Nance Musinguzi. 

BSC envisions a world in which the curiosity, expression, and self-determination of queer and trans Black and POCI artists is trusted, fully resourced, and supported. A world in which expression from queer and trans Black and POCI artists is not erased, overlooked, undercut, or confined by imposed categories. The Collective is rooted in the work of Burn Something Zine (2014-2016) – a submission-based media project for women and nonbinary folks of color to claim their narratives, heal by being heard, and build community. The zine was founded by Adrienne Doyle in response to white supremacy within Minneapolis’ cultural institutions and published 6 issues featuring the work of 24 contributors, creating a cherished, angsty anthology of agency, self-determination, tenderness, and rage. The Collective is an extension of this project, and its goals include being a connector of the Twin Cities’ intergenerational community of Black and POCI artists, writers, curators, and cultural workers; turning scarcity into abundance by establishing a healing relationship with our resources; and cultivating peer-to-peer and intergenerational mentorship to each other.

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