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BODY TALK: art as wellness

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The Corners

395 Nostrand Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11216

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Join Body Politic for the next installment of our BODY TALK series, where we bring together queer and feminist artists, activists, and wellness practitioners to share stories. June's BODY TALK will focus on the theme "art as wellness." How does the act of making art function as self-care? Can art help us build more inclusive and accessible wellness spaces? What is the relationship between consuming and making art, and mental health? Our storytellers (soon to be announced!) will share perspectives on how art intersects with wellness in their lives.

We'll begin at 5PM with some mingling and cocktails. Raffle tickets will also be available at this time (more info on this below). The Corners is offering $2 off all wine, draft beer, and well drinks for the duration of this event, and the first 20 people to buy online tickets to BODY TALK: art as wellness will receive a free drink! So get your ticket now! A signature "mocktail" will also be available. Storytelling will take place from 5:30-6:30, after which we'll wind down with some music and drinks and announce our raffle winners!

please note that The Corners is not ADA compliant



ANNOUNCING OUR SPEAKERS!


Jin - Jin is a gender-nonconforming Korean-American multidisciplinary visual artist, organizer, and performer from Aiea, Hawaii. Jin is a passionate advocate for trans rights. They organize in their community with No Flowers, a NYC-based queer POC punk collective, and Disclaimer, a non-commercial gallery & arts organization with a focus on accessibility and representation for marginalized people in the art world. Jin is a professional dominatrix on hiatus. Jin spends time at their private studio in Brooklyn sewing, needle-felting, and piercing.

Shalewa Sharpe- developed her sly yet goofy joke-telling style in Atlanta, where she was raised. Currently based in Brooklyn, she has joked on HBO’s “2 Dope Queens” and Comedy Central’s “The New Negroes.” She has joked in her solo show, “Don’t Reach In The Bag.” She has two albums of jokes: “Stay Eating Cookies” (2016) and “So You Just Out Here?” (2019)


Cathleen Meredith- Cathleen Meredith is a writer, influencer, public speaker and positivity ignitor originally from Sacramento, California. In addition to completing her first novel, she is passionate about theatre, dance, Mexican food, non-profit work, unicorns, traveling, bacon, and all other things awesome sauce. Some of her plays include titles such as Aunts, Forgotten, 3 Days, 3 Girls, and an Angry Asian Man, The Infinites, and The Groomsman. In August of 2016, she launched FATGIRLSDANCE™ (fatgirlsdance.com), "A Worldwide Movement Bent on Trashing Body Image Stereotypes through the Universal Language of DANCE." It has gone viral. In May 2017 released a 3-minute film on the project with Dove Real Beauty Productions and Shonda Rhimes. In January 2018, she launched The Naked Podcast with Dr. Stacy Berman and producer Raveen Battee, which discusses bodies, minds, and the science behind what we think. She is currently working with The Ohio State University on a media project that works towards the eradication of obesity bias in the medical community. FATGIRLSDANCE the book is currently in the works. When Cathleen is not writing, she's actively working on changing the world. She is a volunteer at The Dream Center Harlem and a developer of several free performing arts programs such as Harlem’s first teen Shakespeare Festival in partnership with Classic Theatre of Harlem. She maintains a residence in New York City.


Mary Harmer- Mary is an Australian artist and activist living in Brooklyn, whose main focus is advocacy and equity for people with disabilities- with a particular interest in members of the disability community at increased risk of marginalization, and the intersections of social issues that impact our lived experience.


Ali Weiss- Ali Weiss is a native New York actress, on-air host, and writer. Her brand Health Is Hell satirizes the absurdity of America’s obsession with wellness by presenting candid conversations about taboo and imperfection in place of green juice and Gyrotonic exercise.


Caroline Reedy- Caroline Reedy is a Brooklyn based digital artist, who has been mixing comedy with pastel colors since 2016. Her work is mainly inspired by pop art portraiture, mental health advocacy, and internet culture. Her art has been featured on Overheard New York x Link NYC kiosks, Hello Tittie, Glowing Up Podcast with Esther Povitsky & Caroline Goldfarb, and upcoming Roxane Gay’s, Gay Magazine. Check out her work on her Instagram, @doot_doodles.

Dominique Wynne- Dominique Wynne is an Art Director from Queens, New York. Her work creates safe spaces through storytelling and photography, where Wynne comes together with people of color and the queer community to discuss experiences of alienation and identity. She's recently exhibited her work in both Brooklyn and Manhattan and has been featured in Nylon Magazine for her photo-essay Black, Brown, Other.

Avalon Knight- Avalon Knight is non-binary and uses they/them pronouns. They have lived in Portland since the age of 5. Avalon is a performance and visual artist and has been performing as the drag queen persona, Diane Rott, for 3 years They are the hostess of two monthly queer events and an outspoken advocate for queer rights.

Zoë Lintzeris- Zoë Lintzeris is a minimalist artist using photography and canvas for visual storytelling. Having worked in journalism and traveling across continents, her work explores the human condition and the emotional psyche within urbanism and rural environments. Her imagery skews monochromatic -- focusing on love, loss, and resistance -- and her techniques are simple: only natural lighting is used and no excessive equipment is present. She has been showcased on "feature shoot" and in "Silk Road Review", and has shot for 500px and a variety of artists and creative entrepreneurs. Her work resides in private collections throughout the United States and has been exhibited in group and solo installations. She is an active member of the Freelancers Union and supporter of Americans for the Arts. Zoë is also an art and wellness practitioner, leading workshops that incorporate the visual arts and meditative methods throughout New York. She resides in Brooklyn, and still thrives on BBC News and drinking tea.

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Our MC for the event will be Lorena Russi - A Queens native, Queer-Latinx comedian, and filmmaker now selling out in Brooklyn. Her 8-year background in comedy, news, and education ranges from hosting Chipotle’s Snapchat channel to writing on "The Late Show w/ Stephen Colbert" Digital team to a career as a professional soccer player. You can follow her @colonialmanface

ANNOUNCING OUR RAFFLE PRIZES!

**Raffle tickets will be available for $1 each at the door, and all proceeds will go to supporting our next donation-based + affordable wellness event!**

From Dirty Hands: 2 drop in classes, valued at $45 each and redeemable for any of our hour-long spots.

From Alajas NYC: Lupa Pearl Earrings, valued at $85

From Anthology Film Archives: a pair of movie passes and an Anthology tote bag




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