Artist to Artist, Neighbor to Neighbor. Conversations About Home, Hosted by Shani Jamila.
Reginald Dwayne Betts
Coming soon! Reginald Dwayne Betts is a poet and lawyer. His latest collection of poems, Felon, won the 2020 American Book Award and NAACP Image Award.
Fabiola Jean Louis
Fabiola Jean-Louis was born in Port Au Prince, Haiti on September 10th, 1978 and moved to Brooklyn, NY at a young age. While attending the High School of Fashion Industries, her passion for the arts flourished. She began taking self-portraits as a matter of convenience, shyness, and because she knew how to convey the stories she wanted to tell using her body. Later, her work grew to include other subjects, and costumes, as well as sculptures made entirely out of paper. Today, her practice is focused on experimentation through the use of different techniques, disciplines, and even art styles. Her love of Afro-futurism, science/ science fiction, pre and post industrial eras, elves, fairies, and history and folklore, are central themes in her work. Her current, and ongoing series, Rewriting History, a three-part series consisting of period paper gowns, painterly photographs, and Polaroids opened as a solo exhibition at Smithsonian affiliates, DuSable Museum of African American History, Alan Avery Art Company, and Andrew Freedman Home to critical acclaim. It also earned her acceptance into the highly sought after residency at the Museum of Art and Design (MAD), New York City, and in September 2019, LUX Museum, San Diego. Fabiola was invited to join and participated in a BRIC Media group exhibition, Bordering the Imaginary: Art from the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and their Diasporas. Her works have been featured in the Huffington Post, Chicago Tribune, Modern Luxury, Artnet News, Art Critical, Hyperallergic, Atlanta Art Constitution, Chicago Sun Times, The Fashion Journal, The Haitian Times, and more.
Jason Moran + Alicia Hall Moran
Jazz pianist, composer, and artist Jason Moran was born in Houston, TX and earned a degree from the Manhattan School of Music. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2010 and is the Artistic Director for Jazz at The Kennedy Center. His 21 year relationship with his trio The Bandwagon (with drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen) has resulted in a profound discography for Blue Note Records and Yes Records, a label he co- owns with his wife, singer and composer Alicia Hall Moran.
Alicia Hall Moran, mezzo-soprano, is a multi-dimensional artist performing and composing between the genres of Opera, Art, Theater, and Jazz. Her solo albums, Heavy Blue and Here Today featuring the band Harriet Tubman, and live touring performances like Breaking Ice (shows for and about the ice since 2016), the motown project (her meditation on the operatic strains mixed with Motown begun in 2009); Black Wall Street (since 2016 ); and large-scale co-commissions with her husband Jason Moran.
Jason and Alicia’s long-standing collaborative practice is groundbreaking; as named artists in the 2012 Whitney Biennial, they together constructed BLEED, a five-day series of performances stretching from readings to wellness to a ring shouts. In 2015, they participated in the Venice Biennnial curated by the late Okwui Enwezor. Recently they created Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration for Carnegie Hall's Stern Auditorium. They have collaborated with major art world figures such as Adrian Piper, Joan Jonas, Glenn Ligon, Adam Pendleton, Lorna Simpson, Carrie Mae Weems, Xaveria Simmons, Bill T. Jones and Kara Walker.
Dr. Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black men and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity.
Fahamu received his BFA from the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2018. Dr. Pecou exhibits his art worldwide in addition to lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and universities. Dr. Pecou has also developed (ad)Vantage Point, a narrative-based arts curriculum focused on Black male youth and he is the founding Director of the African Diaspora Art Museum of Atlanta (ADAMA).
Firelei Báez (b. 1981, Dominican Republic) is a celebrated painter and sculptor who received a M.F.A. from Hunter College, a B.F.A. from the Cooper Union’s School of Art, and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In 2020, Báez was shortlisted for Artes Mundi 9, and will be the subject of a solo presentation at the ICA Watershed, Boston, MA this summer. Just this week, it was announced that she is the recipient of the 2021 Phillip Guston Rome Prize-- a highly competitive fellowship that supports advanced independent work and research in the arts and humanities.
Baez has had solo exhibitions at the Mennello Museum of Art, Orlando, FL, the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, the Netherlands, and the Modern Window at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her major 2015 solo exhibition Bloodlines was organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami and travelled to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
An award-winning and leading poet, publisher & an architect of the Black Arts Movement, Prof. Haki R. Madhubuti has published 30+ books (some under his former name, Don L. Lee) and is one of the world’s best-selling authors of poetry and non-fiction. His book, Black Men: Obsolete, Single, Dangerous? The African American Family in Transition, has more than one million copies in print and his poetry and essays have been published in more than 100 anthologies and journals.
Rich, interesting, refreshing.
I Love the opportunity to listen to these intimate conversations that reimagine what home means through the lens of these artists. You get to hear things I never knew of some of my favorite artists. Such rich conversations and history.
I listened to the episode with Okwui Okpokwasili and I’m so grateful for the insights you both shared, and the ways it’s shaping my thinking. Than you! 💗
Since I’ve been staying inside more due to quarantine, I’ve gained an interest in podcasts. Lineage is so, so good! Shani Jamila is a cool, compassionate, and incisive host. Her guests are always so creative and *smart!* I’m listening to all of it because I can feel myself becoming more informed/enlightened/educated with each episode.