Bread for the City presents TRANSACTION DENIED

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1525 7th Street Northwest

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Bread for the City presents Transaction Denied, a multimedia art installation that tells the story of thousands of people seeking help paying for food and the broken and unjust system they encounter in our nation’s capitol.

After its debut earlier this year, Transaction Denied now moves to the home of one of DC's most important anti-poverty organizations, Bread for the City, which played a critical role in the lawsuit that inspired this piece. Art and advocacy come together in this collaboration in pursuit of upending injustice and the systems that perpetuate poverty here in DC and across the country.

Please join us for the opening reception at Bread for the City's offices, where the piece will be on display from September 12 - 31, 2019.


About Transaction Denied
Reflecting on a lawsuit over a troubled $50 million computer upgrade to DC’s food assistance program (also known as SNAP) that left thousands without access to their benefits,Transaction Denied is a hands-on interactive work that invites us to ask our government and and our society to do better by our people.

The piece pairs cascades of familiar objects, like receipts and manila folders, with audio of human stories lost amidst systemic failures. The result is an immersive experience that calls into question how much we scrutinize people struggling to put food on their tables, and how little we understand about how our government is failing them.


About the artists
Xena Ni and Mollie Ruskin are artists, designers, and community organizers who create multimedia interactive art experiences for the public good. We believe in dignity and democracy at scale. We work with government, advocacy organizations, philanthropy and art collectives to push our institutions and communities to become more responsive, equitable, and just.

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About Bread for the City
Bread for the City helps Washington, DC residents living with low income to develop their power to determine the future of their own communities.

For more than 40 years, Bread for the City has offered direct assistance programs — food, clothing, healthcare, legal assistance, and social services — that today help more than 32,000 adults and children living in DC to survive the inequities that support the systems that keep people in poverty.

We seek justice through community organizing and public advocacy. We work to uproot racism, a major cause of poverty. We are committed to treating our clients with the dignity and respect that all people deserve.

https://breadforthecity.org



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