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Decolonizing Aerosol Art

Nov 13, 2020


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This webinar is a part of the series Reclaiming Wellness which unpacks and breaks down the complexities and assumptions surrounding diverse methods of expression, engagement, and wellness – and its personal and communal impact on our health. Join us as we move beyond the dominant narrative to explore our connection to land, tradition, and art.

A presentation by acclaimed artist Chor Boogie

Decolonizing Aerosol Art is an educational campaign to raise awareness about the true cultural roots of aerosol art or “Style Writing” in America, which first evolved in NYC as a form of resistance to oppression and coded communication within marginalized communities of color. Chor Boogie draws on extensive documentation and interviews with his community of personal mentors who were there at the beginning. In this 40-60 minute presentation, Chor explores:

  • The origins of Aerosol art culture & its relationship to hip hop culture
  • How the narrative of aerosol art has been appropriated
  • The difference between cultural appropriation & cultural appreciation
  • The value of diversity in the arts
  • The benefits of public art—and public creative space—in communities

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About the Speaker

Chor Boogie, aka Joaquin Lamar Hailey

Chor Boogie, aka Joaquin Lamar Hailey, is an internationally acclaimed spray paint artist, recognized for having achieved a groundbreaking level of technical and emotional virtuosity in the medium of spray paint. He approaches his use of color as a form of therapy and visual medicine. He is primarily self taught, though first nurtured by the world of street art. He has produced murals and art exhibitions all over the globe including the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, the Smithsonian, Museum of Public Arts in Baton Rouge, Museum of Art Puerto Rico, LA Art Fair, Torrance Art Museum in Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, Museum of Man in San Diego, San Diego Museum of Art, Children’s Museum in San Diego, Syracuse University Museum.

Chor served as lead artist in an NEA grant awarded through the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art to mentor underserved youth through a professional level mural project. Miami New Times named one of his murals as the Best Miami Mural for 2016. Through his dynamic range of artistic styles, Chor addresses issues of class struggle, corporate corruption, social justice, drug policy reform, health care, environmental issues, and indigenous peoples rights. He resides in the San Francisco bay area where he is an active member of the street art community.

Events Details:

Date: November 11, 2020

Time: 12:00 pm

Location: Online

Cost: Free

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