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Creative Site-Making: Trouble, Hope, and Healing
Part of Tift Merritt’s “The Other Side of Hungry River”
In this public conversation moderated by Tift Merritt, artists Anna Schuleit Haber, Deborah Luster, and Nina Angela Mercer discuss their approaches to creating art around sites and stories of violence and healing. They’ll talk about the decisions they make about what projects to undertake, how to manage difficult stories with care, and how questions of audience and purpose affect their artistic work. This conversation is convened as part of a larger set of workshops around Tift Merritt’s project, “The Other Side of Hungry River,” a site specific song cycle and collaborative art project exploring the emotional history of two closed NC mental asylums.
Free and open to the public. Light lunch served. Sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics. This event is made possible by a grant from the Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation Endowment Fund. Images of the Bloom exhibit courtesy of Anna Schuleit Haber.
Tift Merritt is a Grammy-nominated songwriter who wanted to be a writer until her father taught her guitar chords and Percy Sledge songs. The New Yorker has called Tift Merritt “the bearer of a proud tradition of distaff country soul that reaches back to artists like Dusty Springfield and Bobbie Gentry.” Emmylou…...Read More
Anna Schuleit Haber is a visual artist whose work lies at the intersection of painting, drawing, installation art, architecture, and community. She studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design, creative writing/book arts at Dartmouth College, and was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard.…...Read More
Deborah Luster is best known for her long-term documentary series, One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana (1998-2003 with poet C. D. Wright), a photographic archive of portraits of prisoners from three Louisiana prisons including the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola; and Tooth for an Eye: A Chorography of Violence in…...Read More
Nina Angela Mercer is a co-founder and co-director of Ocean Ana Rising. Her plays include GUTTA BEAUTIFUL; RACING MY GIRL, SALLY; ITAGUA MEJI: A Road & A Prayer; GYPSY & THE BULLY DOOR; and MOTHER WIT & WATER BORN, a trilogy, including BETWEEN WHISPERED BLOOD-LINES. Her work has been shared…...Read More