LSA! Colors of Lake Street
About the project:
LSA! Colors of Lake Street is a visual arts project envisioned by renowned ceramicist Hana Bibliowicz, created with the community under the direction of Pangea World Theater. Hana is an artist and teacher, from Bogotá, Colombia, who has years of experience with grassroots community-created sculpture. Hana teamed up with apprentices Scarlett Lopez, Elizabeth Santana, Netsanet Negussie and Lula Saleh to create this interactive ceramic pillar.
With a focus on skin color and racial justice, the sculpture takes the form of a pillar which features ceramic adornments, designed by Lake Street community members who mixed the clay to the color of their skin. Audio recordings of interviews conducted with the participating community artists play through the pillar.
We are so excited to announce that the pillar was installed in the Midtown Global Market outside of The Rabbit Hole where it will live for the next few months! We invite you to visit the Colors of Lake Street pillar in its new home and honor the people and stories that brought this public art sculpture to life!
LSA! Colors of Lake Street is made possible by the Surdna Foundation and ArtPlace America.
Hana Bibliowicz was born in Colombia, to Polish and Mexican Jewish parents. She grew up in a multicultural environment in the '50s and '60s, at a time of constant upheaval in Latin America, when the distance between social classes was huge and liberation theology was at its height.
She obtained her Bachelor degree from Albany State University and her Masters in Sculpture from San Francisco State University. In her youth, she encountered anthropology, ceramics, the civil rights movement, the women’s movement and the anti-war movement, all of which has informed her work. The impression left on her by those years is the root of who she is as an artist, giving her social consciousness, a broad look at humanity and a fundamental understanding of sculpture as a portrait of culture.
Hana has participated in numerous shows, both in Colombia and the United States, including her three major installations: “Reconstruction XX’s Century”, “Sex-Text” and “Urban Dwellers,”, all massive works that entailed many tons of materials and the participation of many volunteers. Over the years, her work has transformed the artist’s role to that of a midwife, by designing projects that allow people and their culture to participate as the co-creators of the work, activating the space of creation together.
Over the last 10 days, I've had the honor of working with ceramic artist and cultural worker Hana Bibliowicz, as well as fellow artists/culture workers Alejandra Cecilia Tobar-Alatriz and Netsanet Negussie, on an incredible art project about race and skin color, using the mediums of clay and story gathering/storytelling to piece together the stories and clay creations of Minneapolitans of various colors and races. It's been an incredible project, an incredible week of self-discovery and interrogation, and a week of meeting amazing people and learning some new things about myself along the way. So grateful to Pangea World Theater for this opportunity to explore old and new creative paths and get messy along the way.
LSA! Colors of Lake Street Apprentice