Investigate how histories of protest inform our present day moment and the powerful yet often overlooked role that BIPOC women (both cis and trans) play, in this performance art workshop led by artist Helina Metaferia.

Designed for women-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who live in the Bay Area, Metaferia’s project has been ongoing since 2018, and has had multiple presentations nationally and internationally.

In this workshop, Metaferia will lead the group through a series of writing, mindfulness, and somatic and performance exercises based on histories of social change movements. Participants will explore how institutionalized and systemic trauma gets stored in the body, and learn creative and tangible tools for self-care and communal care as methods for sustainability.

This workshop is held as a collaboration between Helina Metaferia and four Bay Area institutions: Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Museum of African Diaspora, and Bolinas Museum. Based on this preparatory workshop, Metaferia will create a presentation of art across the four venues in October 2024, coinciding with the 2024 national presidential election. Participants in this workshop have the option to volunteer to be photographed on the same day of the workshop, for a series of collages that Metaferia will create that will combine archives of historical liberation movements with the images of workshop participants.