RAISIN on Lumpen Radio, Chicago 105.5FM
Producer and Director, 2020
Episode list and descriptions linked here
A radical Black woman playwright found her excellent work embraced as an enduring artistic format that encourages dialogues on inequity and justice in cities across the world. The late Lorraine Hansberry’s narrative serves as the RAISIN inspiration, as well as a departure point for exploring a multiplicity of experiences and conversations.
Welcome to the broadcast platform of an eponymous visual arts exhibition featuring dialogues between visual artists, theater scholars, fair-housing advocates, global migration advocates, and more. RAISIN offers a dynamic slate of conversations that explore local and global perspectives on “home.”
Listen to all 12 Episodes on Mixcloud
COMMUNITY CONVERSATION: DIASPORIC THEATER & THE POWER OF BLACK NARRATIVES
Moderated by Tracie Hall, Executive Director of the American Library Association.
Featuring: Josette Bushell-Mingo OBE, Principal of The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (UK); Ken-Matt Martin, Artistic Director Victory Gardens Theater (Chicago); Uriara Maciel, Artistic Director of Anastacia Berlin Schwarze-Frauen-Theatergruppe (Berlin); Willa Taylor, Director of Education and Community Engagement at Goodman Theatre (Chicago); Rohan Ayinde, RAISIN artist and interdisciplinary poet (UK).
Berlin-based artists Işıl Eğrikavuk and Nahum discuss structures of exile and place—as well as their respective investigations of Christmas trees left in city gutters, and starry piñatas floating in outer space. Eğrikavuk is the winner of Turkey’s first contemporary art prize, Full Art Prize (2012). Nahum is the first artist to receive the Young Space Leader Award, for contributions to astronautics and space exploration.
Artist Talk: Featuring Kyle Bellucci Johanson (Chicago) and Tintin Wulia (The World's Most International Artist). Inquiries on identity, place, and unwelcome.