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Virtual Gardens: A Workshop with Helina Metaferia

Image: “(Middle) Passage For Dreams” by Helina Metaferia, Three channel video, with sound, 2016-2019, 22 Minutes


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

The workshop rethinks the images and narratives that we consume daily during our screen-dependant era. It interrogates our unique time of both social justice and social distance. How can we pivot the dynamic of online meeting spaces to create vulnerability without proximity, and vitality as opposed to fatigue? The culmination of this workshop will be an experimental artwork featuring participants.

All participants will be asked to sign an image release waiver before being granted access to the workshop. Participants are asked to be on their desktop or laptops as opposed to their phones, keep their video cameras on during the entire session, and only 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.