February 10, 2021

The World We Want Is Us

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  • English Español Creative team for The World We Want Is Us at the project’s launch. (Left to right): Laura Chow Reeve, Rebecca Keel, Shazza Berhan, and Dustin Klein. Photo: Stephanie Smith Over one weekend in November 2020, words and images of protest and collective care…
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    February 10, 2021

    Reproducing the Commons

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  • English Español As part of the ICA’s early research for this project, Noah Simblist and Stephanie Smith cotaught a seminar on the topic of “commonwealth” for which students read Silvia Federici’s texts on “the commons” and its relationship to feminism. As an extension of this…
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    February 10, 2021

    Mutual Aid and Mutual Confidence in Richmond

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  • English Español Volunteers prepare to move into a new space in September 2020 (Courtesy of MADRVA) Near the interchange of Interstates 64 and 95, and separated by railroad tracks and razor wire from Richmond’s juvenile detention center, there’s a small complex that resembles a kind…
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    December 10, 2020

    Alicia Díaz

    Dancer and choreographer Alicia Díaz evokes both history and ritual in her work for Commonwealth, which centers on a performance filmed in Richmond at the former site of The American Tobacco Company (ATC) factory.
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    December 10, 2020

    A Pandemic Reckoning

    In Puerto Rico, 2020 began with a jolt. The month of January brought the onset of an earthquake “swarm” that rattled the southern coast, bringing buildings, schools, and emotional nerves to the ground.
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    November 17, 2020

    Duron Chavis

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In image: Duron Chavis, Resiliency Garden, 2020. Photo: David Hale Food justice activist Duron Chavis believes that fresh, healthy food should be available to all: a form of common…
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    November 17, 2020

    Common Stakes – Local Perspectives: Institute for Contemporary Art

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  • English Español Summer Sessions Built Environment field research with Duron Chavis, Marshall Brown, Ryan Rinn (L-R back); Noah Simblist, Enjoli Moon, David Riley (L-R front), June 2019. Photo: Stephanie Smith For the ICA, Commonwealth brings up a number of important issues. First, the notion of…
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