LSA! Colors of Lake Street
This piece is about the skin, the frontier between the outer and inner world, as well as the landing space of all oppression. It enhances humanitarian values and the importance of the individual as well as the exquisite value of the arts and the crafts in the generation of a better tomorrow.”
In the summer of 2016, artist Hana Bibliowicz worked with apprentices Scarlett Lopez and Elizabeth Santana to create the pillar. Netsanet Negussie, Lula Saleh, and many others came together to create the interactive ceramic sculpture that combines visual arts, ethnography, performance, and social justice. Visit Colors of Lake Street at its permanent home in Midtown Global Market.
Listen to interviews between Hana and the interns with community creators as they mixed clay to match their skin color.
Hana Bibliowicz was born in Colombia, from Polish and Mexican Jewish parents. She grew up in a multicultural environment and at a convoluted time and place in Latin America.
As an artist, she has participated in many group and individual shows, both in Colombia and in various locations of the United States.
Modeling clay to make cultural portrayals of society, Hana has made her work about social consciousness, and the fundamental understanding of sculpture as a portrait of culture.
Over the years, her work has transformed the artist’s role to that of a midwife, designing projects that allow people and their culture to participate not as subjects or volunteers but as the co-creators.
This concept was used to create Colors of Lake Street, which is the culmination of more than a year of community engagement through Pangea’s Lake Street Arts! Program.