Hip Hop Hope – 9/11 Ten Years Later

Still from Darrell Wilks' film Hip Hop Hope

A series of programs marking the ten years since the tragic events of 9/11/2001.

Please join us in this community centered creative response to the events of 9/11/2001 and the ten years that have ensued, with a focus on hip hop expression and its critical role as social commentary.

The Santa Fe Art Institute, along with the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, artist and filmmaker Darrel Wilks, Hip Hop Theatre anthologist Daniel Banks, The Youth Media Project, and students from the Santa Fe School for the Arts, is proud to present a weekend of programming remembering the events of September 11, 2001 and the role Hip Hop has played in bringing issues of social justice, environmental responsibility, and cultural freedom to the fore.

Schedule of Programs

Friday 9/9
6-8pm                Monika Bravo & Greg Sholette Exhibition Opening, SFAI
6-8pm                Hip Hop Dance Party & Guerilla Screen Printing,SFAI
7pm – 7am         9/11 Outdoor Film Screenings, SFAI

Saturday 9/10
10am-12pm       Guided Mural Painting & Guerilla Screen Printing, Barracks Wall, SFAI
6pm                   Daniel Banks & Staged Readings from Say Word, Tipton Hall
7pm                   Hip Hop Hope Screening and Q&A (with intro by Darrell Wilks), Tipton Hall
7pm – 7am        9/11 Outdoor Film Screenings, SFAI

Sunday 9/11
10am-12pm         Guided Mural Painting & Guerilla Screen Printing, Barracks Wall, SFAI
6pm                     Collapsing Hope, A One Act Play, Tipton Hall
6:30pm                Audio Revolution Youth Media Presentations, Tipton Hall
7:15pm                Spoken Word Performances, Tipton Hall
7:30pm                Hip Hop Hope Screening and Q&A (with intro by Darrell Wilks), Tipton Hall
7pm – 7am          9/11 Outdoor Film Screenings                                              SFAI
7pm – 11pm        9/11 Outdoor Film Screenings                                              SFUAD

Monika Bravo
Born in Bogota, Columbia, multi-media artist Monika Bravo works with ideas of the tangible and the intangible, examining the notion of perception by questioning whether the world we live in, is but a mental construction. Her artistic practice is used as a tool to decipher her own existence during its process for she believes that people and events are hieroglyphs to be decoded. By using technology, she creates devices and/or situations where she can question her physicality in relationship to the mental, emotional and spiritual fields. You can learn more about Monika Bravo at her website http://www.monikabravo.com/

Greg Sholette
Gregory Sholette is a New York-based artist, writer, and founding member of REPOhistory (1989-2000) and Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PAD/D: 1980-1988). He is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Queens College: City University of New York (CUNY), a visiting faculty member of the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University (Spring 2010), and he teaches an annual seminar in theory and social practice for the CCC post-graduate research program at Geneva University of Art and Design. You can learn more about Sholette at his website http://www.gregorysholette.com/

Hip Hop Dance Party
Local b-boys & b-girls will break dance to the sound stylings of DJ Perish and you are invited to join in or just enjoy the talents of our local youth!

9/11, Ten Years Later Short Film Screenings
Projected onto exterior walls of the SFAI and SFUAD Visual Arts Center 9/9-9/11 and then on SFAI exterior walls throughout the month of September from sundown to sunrise Monday-Friday:

  • September 10, 2011 by Monika Bravo
  • Nine Bend Stream by Carter Hodgkin
  • Falling by Grimanesa Amorós
  • Washing by Jenny Perlin

Guided Mural Painting
Join SFAI muralists Guadalupe “Perish” Vargas and Pablo Ancona in painting the SFUAD Barracks Wall next to the SFAI building.

Daniel Banks and the Say Word: Voices from Hip Hop Theater Anthology
The phenomenon known as Hip Hop encompasses a global, multi-ethnic, grassroots culture committed to social justice and self-expression through performance. Hip Hop Theater emerged from that culture, mixing spoken-word performance with music and dance and marked by Hip Hop’s strong sense of activism and resistance. Hip Hop Theater is engaged with questions of identity – culture, heritage, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, and difference—narrating the experiences of historically marginalized peoples and putting them in dialogue with other oppressed communities.

Say Word! Voices from Hip Hop Theatercollects eight works by contemporary artists who confront today’s compelling issues, ranging from racial profiling and police brutality to women’s empowerment and from the commercial exploitation of Hip Hop to identity politics. Editor Daniel Banks has assembled work by Abiola Abrams, Zakiyyah Alexander, Chadwick Boseman, Kristoffer Diaz, Rha Goddess, Antoy Grant, Joe Hernandez-Kolski, Rickerby Hinds, and Ben Snyder, augmented with an extensive introduction and other informative commentary. The book also includes a roundtable moderated by Holly Bass featuring Hip Hop pioneers Eisa Davis, Danny Hoch, Sarah Jones, and Will Power, in a conversation tracing the roots of Hip Hop Theater and imagining its future directions.

Collapsing Hope, A One Act Play
New Mexico School for the Arts student Lexy McAvinchy, will direct an 8-minute one act play entitled Collapsing Hope featuring actors from NMSA.

Youth Media Project “Audio Revolution” Presentations
Radio pieces of personal stories and dreams written and edited by local youth in collaboration with the Youth Media Project.

Spoken Word Performances
Local spoken word artists Gabe Rima, Danny Solis and Lisa Donahue will perform pieces about hope and a better future.

About Darrel Wilks’ Award Winning Documentary Film, Hip Hop Hope (63 mins)
Immediately following the devastation of September 11, filmmaker Darrell Wilks captured the realistic yet persevering perspective of a group of New York hip hop artists, a welcome viewpoint not explored on the evening network news. The terrorist attacks simultaneously changed a lot and changed nothing for the spirited artists Wilks interviewed on the streets of Manhattan.

One rapper expresses the limitations of his world by commenting that New York seemed just as dangerous for him before the attack. A female singer is grateful, perhaps for the first time, that she lives in the ghetto because she knows terrorists aren’t going to be bombing her neighborhood anytime soon. A poet on a pilgrimage to Ground Zero, incredulously counts her blessings that she didn’t accept a job in the World Trade Center that would have placed her in one of the Towers on 9/11.

These artists continue their struggle to address issues of race, class, and evolving black culture in America as they help create it. The film offers up two not to be missed performances – one at the mid-point and one at the end – as these artists translate the pain and joy of the soul through the simplest yet most powerful of instruments, their voices.

About the SFAI:
Founded in 1985, the Santa Fe Art Institute’s mission is to promote art as a positive social force — both in our community and around the world — and to highlight art as a powerful tool for facilitating dialogue, bridging perspectives, and evoking visions of a better future.

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