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Artist Alicia Grullón speaks with art historian and curator Elizabeth Ferrer in connection with Grullón's current solo exhibition at the Mead, Like a Slow Walk with Trees. Reflecting research on recent protests in a range of industries, such as mining, shipping, and entertainment, Grullón poetically knits together the direct language often used in protests with other references that layer and complicate associations while addressing current issues. 

Alicia Grullón uses performance and self-portrait (re)composing popular histories as a critique on the politics of presence- an argument for the inclusion of marginalized communities in political and social spheres. Grullón has participated in exhibitions including The 8th Floor; Bronx Museum of the Arts; BRIC House for Arts and Media; El Museo del Barrio; and Columbia University, and has been honored with a number of fellowships and residencies.

Elizabeth Ferrer is a curator and writer specializing in Latinx and Mexican art and photography. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Latinx Photography in the United States: A Visual History (University of Washington Press, 2021), as well as of the forthcoming book, Louis Carlos Bernal: Retrospectiva (Aperture). The book will accompany a major retrospective on Bernal's work that she is curating.

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