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By Way of Revolution: A Workshop with Helina Metaferia

Image: “Headdress 6″ by Helina Metaferia, mixed media collaged paper, 2019, 23″ x 28″


This virtual performance art workshop, led by artist Helina Metaferia, is especially designed for women-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who are students, staff, and faculty at Tufts University and Northeastern University.

The workshop investigates how histories of protest inform our present day moment, and the powerful yet often overlooked role that BIPOC women (both cis and trans) play in them. The workshop will rely on performative gestures of resilience to explore how institutionalized and systemic trauma gets stored in the body, and provide creative and tangible tools for self-care and communal care to help sustain ourselves. The artist will lead participants through a series of writing, mindfulness, and somatic and performance exercises based on histories of social change movements. 

This workshop is held in conjunction with Helina Metaferia’s solo exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Fall 2021. Participants of this workshop have the option to volunteer to be photographed on a separate date in person at the Museum of Fine Arts for a series of collages that Metaferia will create, combining archives of historical liberation movements with the images of workshop participants.

All workshop participants will be asked to sign an image release waiver before being granted access to the workshop. Participants are asked to be on desktops or laptops as opposed to their phones, keep their video cameras on during the entire session, and only the parts of the collective performance will be recorded. If you are interested in joining us, we encourage you to register by clicking here or on the button at the top of the page.


About the Artist

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, video, installation, collage, and social practice. Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo and group exhibitions include Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA; Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI; Northeastern University’s Gallery 360, Boston, MA; New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY; Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY; Modern Art Museum, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, among many others. Metaferia’s work has been supported by residencies including MacDowell, Yaddo, Bemis, and Triangle Arts Association. She is currently an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow / Assistant Professor at Brown University, and lives and works in New York City. Learn more about her and her work here.