Join us in an afternoon of spiritual dollmaking with North Minneapolis artist Phyllis Chatham. This is the second in a series of neighborhood gatherings by the Afrofeminist Transatlantic Collaboration (AFTC). This outdoor, socially distanced event is an opportunity for black healing through rest, play and co-creation. We will honor our mother earth and ancestors with dollmaking, community alter, ceremony, fire, yams, pumpkins and the practice of sisterhood.
All people of African descent and/or BIPOC identified are welcome. All genders welcomed.
The energies of Autumn are fire, earth, and harvest.
We are the crops!
“I am what bell hooks calls, a sister of the yams.”
Phyllis Chatham’s clothdoll journey begins with helping black women and girls connect with their own path toward emotional and spiritual healing. Inspired by the symbols, power and mythologies of black feminist folklore she creates dolls that connect with the energy of the warrior, goddess, and our mother earth. Her dollmaking is just one aspect of her practice. She plays and experiments with black female embodiment through the figures of the black mermaid and the black fairy. She is also known in the community “Chitchat,” the Afrocentric clown. Her spirit dolls represent freedom, joy, trust, and clarity. Through dollmaking she encourages us to tell our own stories through the principles of compassion, forgiveness, and honoring our black girl selves.
Registration is essential.