As part of the Wakpa Triennial, the Weisman presents Towards a Common Future: Banners for Solidarity. Rachel Breen describes these organic, Kala-cotton (a drought-tolerant variety, indigenous to India) banners as representative of the hand in the making process, how textiles contain meaning, and the history of banners as a symbol of protest and resistance. Breen notes that these banners signify the importance of solidarity with workers around the world who grow and weave fiber, cut and sew fabric into garments, and…
Materials, Sustainability and Clothes
Creative responses to labor solidarity, climate crisis, and what we wear
Artist Rachel Breen will speak about the relationship between labor rights, the global garment industry and climate change as well as her creative responses to these challenges. A large part of Breen’s work combines a social justice lens, with research about textiles and listening to activists in the global south. In particular, she’ll share about her research conducted during her Fulbright in India last year.
Through acts of sewing and dismantling, RACHEL BREEN creates projects and spaces for cultivating deeper understandings of labor rights and solidarity. Her work has been shown widely across the country, including a solo exhibition at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in 2020. Her solo exhibition, The Price of Our Clothes, at the Perlman Museum, was included in Hyperallergic’s 2018 Top 20 Exhibitions Across the US (December 20, 2018). Rachel was the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship to India in 2022 and was awarded an artist residency at MacDowell and the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Rachel is an inaugural recipient of the Jerome Hill Artist Fellowship, has received four Minnesota State Arts Board grants and a fellowship from the Walker Art Center Open Field. Rachel’s social engagement projects have been presented across the state including two projects commissioned for Northern Spark, a public art festival addressing climate change in Minnesota. Rachel holds an MFA from the University of Minnesota and a BA from the Evergreen State College. She lives in Minneapolis, MN, maintains an active studio practice and is a professor of art at Anoka Ramsey Community College.
Related installation: Towards a Common Future: Banners for Solidarity on view at the Weisman through September 17, 2023 as part of the Wakpa Triennial Art Festival.
This event is PAY-AS-YOU-WISH (INCLUDING FREE), but registration is required to attend.
RSVP AT → z.umn.edu/RachelBreenTalk
Parking is available under the museum. University rates for parking ramps are $3 an hour and a $13 daily maximum.
Nearby parking is also available at the East River Road Garage, which provides both disability and short-term parking for Coffman Memorial Union and the East Bank campus. Both the Museum Garage and the East River Road Garage are easily accessible from Delaware Street.