Performance by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
How do we memorialize the death of our community while honoring and celebrating them?
I ask you to stop and listen to the voices hurting and grieving
to make sure the lives we have lost shine bright forever
to make sure the folks targeted in our community shine bright forever
to be angry at systemic racism, sexism, transphobia
and the fact that we are dying everyday.
Oakland, CA based artist, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo presents The Storyteller of the Future says "LISTEN TO BRIGHT SWEET ANGER" a performance that examines ideas about mourning, protest and celebration of black, brown & Q.T.P.O.C. (queer, trans, people of color) bodies. Portions of this piece were created while in residence at ACRE Residency in Summer 2018 and is performed within the yellow walls of Playing & Reality, curated by Max Guy.
Everyone is welcome, be gentle with each other, it will be a safe space.
Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo is an artist, activist, educator, storyteller & curator who lives and works in Oakland, CA. She has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery [Long Island City, NY], Lago Projects and E.M. Wolfman [Oakland, CA], Bolivar Gallery [Los Angeles, CA] and Boom Concepts [Pittsburgh, PA]. Her work has been included in exhibitions and performances at EFA Project Space [New York City, NY], STNDRD [Steuben,WI], Leslie Lohman Museum of gay & Lesbian Art [New York City, NY], San Francisco State University Gallery, Signal Center for Contemporary Art [Malmo, Sweden], September Gallery [Hudson, NY], San Francisco Museum of Contemporary Art, Osaka Art University, The Berkeley Art Museum, UNTITLED Art Fair [San Francisco, CA] and San Francisco Arts Commission, amongst others. She is the lead curator at Nook Gallery, a gallery in her home kitchen and the Visual Arts Editor for the New Life Quarterly.