In the wake of an election that has left us facing such xenophobic rhetoric as “Build the Wall” and establishing a “Muslim Ban,” many activists have said that we must build bridges in order to make human connections and provide people with sanctuary, not walls. As Palestinian Americans witnessing the destruction of communities and diverse ethnic and ecological landscapes both in the U.S. and internationally, Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah are interested in breaking down walls that should never have existed.
With the support of The Soap Factory, artists, Lamia Abukhadra and Leila Awadallah are building a physical wall at the Prospect Park Community Garden where it can be easily discovered and interacted with.The installation will culminate in a final interactive performance in which the lead artists will invite the community to break down ‘The Wall.’ Abukhadra and Awadallah hope to ultimately convey that a concrete or metal facade is just that: a facade. A wall can divide and negatively define communities, landscapes, ecologies and livelihoods, but it can and will be dismantled by the subversive acts of our community.
FEATURING ARTWORK AND PERFORMANCES BY:
Martin Gonzales, Alec Lossiah, Ananya Dance Theatre, Lula Saleh, Joel Valdez, Sagirah Shahid, Karmel Sabri, Oscar de la Luna, Nailah Taman, Louie Darang, Essma Imady, Marggie Ogas, Sarah Abdel Jalil, Colin Walker Wingate, Veera Vasandani, Itly Thayieng, Khadija Siddiqui, Seng Xiong, and Jordan Lee Thompson.
Prospect Park Community Garden
2909 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Please be aware that due to construction, access to installation location is difficult by car and parking in this area is limited, cycling and taking public transit are greatly encouraged to get to the project.
The Installation will be viewable from August 5th through August 20th. Visitors are also welcome to attend the project performances and activities on the following dates and times:
AUGUST 5TH, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
PERFORMANCES FROM 6:30PM – 8:30PM
PAINT THE WALL
The public is invited to participate in painting the wall with the artists.
AUGUST 13TH, 2:00PM – 5:00PM
AUGUST 13TH, 6:30PM – 8:30PM
CLOSING RECEPTION/ DESTROY THE WALL
AUGUST 20TH, 6:30PM – 8:30PM