We are INCREDIBLY excited to help spread the word about CrossLines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality! 40+ artists are taking over the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building over Memorial Day Weekend for 2 days of art, music, performance, and dialogue - a MUSEUM OF THE PEOPLE, brought to you by the SmithsonianAPA. Free and open to all. RSVP here and read on: we had #CrossLines artists bring us to their neighborhood Metro station to chat all things intersectionality. First up - SUPERWAXX.
You've seen SUPERWAXX's work, whether you've walked past it at 14th & U, scrolled it on IG, or caught it IRL (most recently at Broccoli City, and as part of the current Hustle 2.0 show). Heavily influenced by animated cartoons, comic books, popular culture and street art (this Formation-inspired painting is a fave), SUPERWAXX is a native of Richmond, VA currently creating and residing in Washington, D.C.
What can we expect from you at CrossLines? A unique and animated interpretation of how oppression through intersectionality affects american women of color in the United States. The paintings that I will be presenting are a collaboration with the highly talented, respected and world-renowned Japanese American painter Roger Shimomura. We both will be exhibiting painted panels that are cross-conversations, communicating the traumatic affects of systematic oppression between Japanese Americans and American Muslims in this country throughout US history, and how they are parallel.
Although I may not specifically identify as either Japanese or Muslim I am very sensitive and empathetic to the hardships and injustices many of them have faced as citizens in this country. I chose to include these particular pieces to raise awareness of how the systems of oppression are used as a double-edge against citizens who are women and also of color.
What do you hope people will take away from CrossLines? My hopes are that the people who attend and participate...exit the venue and event space with a memorable experience that awakens their humanity and piques their interest in finding solutions to help reduce systemic oppression and discrimination in this country. I hope that with the interactions shared between the exhibiting artists and the audience that the art is used as the conversation piece to bridge a connection with the use of creative and educational story telling through the art exhibited.
"One of my greatest desires is to use my artistic gifts to tell stories of human experiences to help amplify the voices of those who may go unheard of unrecognized, inspire artistic expression and empathy towards others."
You took us to Stadium/Armory: what does that station represent? What makes that station - and the area served by it - unique? Stadium Armory Metro station is on the Blue and orange line and is located on the cusp of Capitol Hill neighborhood and Kingman Island neighborhood. This metro station represents a variety of things related to the history and culture of DC. Not only is it the location RFK Stadium that is home to the districts professional soccer team but it also is the headquarters of the U.S National Guard and entertainment event space Stadium Armory. For me one of the most unique features about its location is the nature park Kingman Island near the station. I find it to be a excellent location to escape the sounds of the city and engage in a more nature filled environment. I walk, bike and skate the trail frequently whenever I am feeling a need to seek the serenity that nature offers my creative spirit. This is only one of the many unique perks of being part of the Stadium Armory community.