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Taking a Stand Exhibition Tour + Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series

Taking a Stand Exhibition Tour + Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series

Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Stamps Gallery, 201 S. Division Street, Ann Arbor MI 48104
Calendar: Stamps Events
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Join us for an exhibition tour of Taking A Stand with Stamps Gallery Director, Srimoyee Mitra, followed by a talk by Detroit-based artist, curator, and founder of the studio and residency space Habibi House, Noura Ballout. Following their presentation, Ballout will lead a group discussion on the book Queer & Trans Artists of Color, Volume 1.

Recommended reading: King, Nia. Queer & Trans Artist of Color: Stories of Some of Our Lives. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2014.

Noura Ballout is an artist, curator, and entrepreneur. They work in a wide range of creative mediums, maintaining a primary practice in photography. Their work is about constructing and finding home while navigating an intersectional identity in diaspora, which often manifests in the meeting of art and community. Noura is the founder of Habibi House, a studio and residency space in Detroit and is the recipient of the 2019 Gilda Award, awarded by Kresge Arts in Detroit, a program of The Kresge Foundation. Noura has exhibited their work across Detroit, NYC and Philadelphia, including The Arab American National Museum, Wayne State University, Flux Factory, Salon AlMahjar, and Vox Populi.

Image: Detail of Noura Ballout, Dirty Savage, Construction of the Savage series, 2018. Courtesy the artist.
About the Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series
The Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series is centered around queer, mixed-race writer, artist, filmmaker, and activist Nia King’s book series Queer & Trans Artists of Color Volumes 1, 2 & 3. In the books, King interviews fellow queer and trans artists of color about their work, their lives, and “making it” - both in terms of success and in terms of survival. Each event features a guest artist who will speak about their own practice and lead a group discussion on a topic from the book. Everyone is welcome to attend.

The Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series is organized by Stamps Gallery and presented in partnership with the U-M Spectrum Center with support from the Ann Arbor District Library. It is sponsored by the U-M Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

Purchase copies of the Queer & Trans Artists of Color books here.

For more information about this event or the Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Event Series contact, Stamps Gallery Outreach and Public Engagement Coordinator Jennifer Junkermeier-Khan at or (734) 615-5322.

About Taking a Stand

Taking a Stand is a group exhibition that brings together lively and energetic work that highlights the ways in which artists build solidarity and shape contemporary culture as active participants in our society. The works in the exhibition encompass photography, interactive drawings, augmented reality, and 3-D film installation. The collectivist impulse of the projects recast the gallery as a catalyst, a site of action and possibility for urgent and meaningful dialogue on culture and politics. The immersive and interactive installations don’t just represent social concerns from our cosmopolitan present, they delve into playful and poetic exchanges with public audiences on empathy and decoloniality to imagine just and equitable futures. Drawing on the themes of science fiction, artists in the exhibition invite audiences to time travel, blurring fact with fiction, weaving fantastical narratives and desires with ancestral knowledge, collective memories, and stories from their natural and urban environments. They acknowledge the vitality of recuperating Indigenous, migrant, and LGBTQ subjectivities and practices to better understand how to heal our damaged planet. Even though these installations are temporary and ephemeral, they foster vibrant liminal spaces for the public to explore what could be done during this time of ever-present ecological and political change. Taking a Stand is curated by Srimoyee Mitra.

Download printable PDF schedule of events for this series: Queer & Trans Artists of Color Book Read Series: January 18, February 8, and March 14

For more information, visit: Taking a Stand.

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