Encounters: Inner-Act: Collage-Making Workshop on May 1

Led by artists Labkhand Olfatmanesh and Gazelle Samizay, Inner-Act is inspired by their working process as artistic collaborators in Encounters. This workshop will creatively explore the intersections of memories and hope through mixed media collage, using a personal relationship for inspiration. Participants will explore how to visually communicate in both literal and conceptual ways, using symbolism, abstraction, and collage. Attendees will have the option to contribute their creations to a collective showcase on the artists’ website. To view the artists’ collaborative work, visit: https://labbiemanesh.com/woven.

This VIRTUAL workshop will take place on May 1 from 2:00 to 4:30 pm. Advance registration is required. All registered participants will receive a Zoom link prior to the workshop.
Registration is limited—reserve your spot now and register here!

Workshop participants should bring a printed picture of someone they had a challenging moment with. Alternatively, participants can bring an object that reminds them of this person. The photo or object will be incorporated into the collage. The size of the photo can vary, but should not exceed 8 x10 inches.

In addition, participants should bring:
8.5 x11″ piece of paper (any color)
Glue or tape
Pencil, pens, or other desired drawing tools
Magazines/Newspapers to cut images from

Optional: Thread, dried beans, seeds, fabric, toothpicks, pins, leaves, images printed from your computer, text, or anything you can attach to a piece of paper

Artist bios:
Labkhand Olfatmanesh’s photo and video work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions, including at Photo London UK; Rencontres d’Arles, France; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles; the Culver City Arts Foundation; the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; and the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. She was also awarded the LensCulture Portrait Awards Jurors’ Pick and received first place from the Los Angeles Center of Photography. She is a board member at Level Ground and an artist-in-residence at Side Street Project, Los Angeles. She was recently awarded the 2021 ACTIVATE Innovators Fellowship in Los Angeles, CA.

Gazelle Samizay’s work has been exhibited internationally, including at Whitechapel Gallery, London; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery; the California Museum of Photography, Riverside; and the de Young Museum, San Francisco. Her pieces are part of the permanent collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; and En Foco, NY. She has received numerous awards and residencies, including from the Princess Grace Foundation, NY; Craft Contemporary, Los Angeles; the Arizona Community Foundation, Phoenix; Level Ground, Los Angeles; the Torrance Art Museum; and Side Street Project, Los Angeles. She received her MFA from the University of Arizona.

This program is part of the exhibition, Encounters, presented by SAWCC in partnership JCAL.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council. This program is additionally part of JCAL’s two-year pilot project, Building Equity for BIIPOC (Black, Immigrant, Indigenous, People of Color) Artists, funded by New York Community Trust.