Image from Leila Awadallah's and Lamia's Abukhadra's Collaboration, 'This Is Rael,' as part of The Soap Factory's Emerging Artist Residency Program, 3x5, in 2017
The Wall

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.


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



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

AUGUST 20TH, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

The Artists
Lamia Abukhadra is a Palestinian American artist based in Minneapolis. She is interested in the idea of art as a vessel of expression, communication, identity, and culture for and between disenfranchised communities. Her art aims to dismantle harmful dominant narratives that cultivate and celebrate acts of colonialism, occupation, and genocide in Palestine and the Arab world through personal stories and historical events. Her work has been featured by Altered Aesthetics, the University of Minnesota T.R. Anderson Gallery, and the Quarter Gallery.

Leila Awadallah is a Palestinian-American dance artist and creator located in the Twin Cities. She explores movement by imagining where sensations begin, starting from deep within the body, and how they migrate through the body in order to release energy. She crafts work built with the intention of nuancing, complicating, and working to subvert narratives about Palestine. Her work has been presented at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. (2016) and in the Moultaqa Leymoun international dance festival in Beirut, Lebanon (2017). Her movement film Reflections On Ice received a SAGE Award (2016). She is in her fourth year as a company member of Ananya Dance Theatre.

Here & There
This project is supported and presented as part of Here & There: Rethinking Public Spaces, The Soap Factory’s 2017 public programming. Rethinking Public Spaces presents artist projects that enliven underutilized spaces throughout Minnesota, rethinking public space and reviewing what it means to place-make through a contemporary, celebratory, and critical lens.

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