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Title: The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Artist: Kirk Washington & Jakari Perry

Residence: North Minneapolis / Harrison Neighborhood

Location: 730 Hennepin Avenue

On display until: October 7, 2014

Our piece is based on several perceptions of the social landscape in the city. There is a poem which is written as a counter-narrative to the epistemic and ontological violence experienced by people of color.  It is told from many voices.  It is inspired by the viewpoint of my apartment window overlooking the skyline from here on the north side.  It is an attempt at an honest ‘first voice’ assessment of the contemporary social climate surrounding stratification.

A series of photos were done also to accompany the text.  They are to suggest regular citizens holding signs reminiscent of many of the city's transient population as they solicit commuters for money in public spaces.  Collectively both approaches serve to evoke questions, such as how many of our citizens are often regarded as invisible?  What do we actually see when we see these citizens?

Our intent was to look deeply at poverty and how it relates to historical trauma experienced over time. We wanted to know how that coincides with the families affected by the 2011 tornado,  the looming gentrification being ushered in on the north side and who's story gets told. We were interested in how narrative is formed in times like this and how that effect becomes normative.  What we discovered is a "single story" about the north side.  One which suggests crime, poverty and low expectations.  We also were interested in how this correlates to the ever-present “equity” gaps plaguing our city’s people of color (housing, incarceration, education, health and employment).

We observed that image is everything.  Especially in stories about the underclass.  We are interested in transforming this rhetoric.  We wanted to have our installation act as a conversation piece.  Our overall intent is to begin the cumbersome process of healing.

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Made Here is pleased to announce that Best Buy has awarded a $25,000 grant to support Best Buy’s Made Here–Young Artist Edition, pairing artist mentors Wing Young Huie, Jason Quaynor, Kirk Washington, Jr., and Charles Fraser with teen groups to learn about new art forms and develop storefront art displays for public viewing.  

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Special thanks to Andersen Windows

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35 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN
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Seven
700 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
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Longitude:
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801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
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Businesses Nearby

"Brilliance!" Artists Announced!

Click here to read more about the selected Made Here "Brilliance!" 

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Best Buy's Made Here- Young Artist Edition

Made Here is pleased to announce that Best Buy has awarded a $25,000 grant to support Best Buy’s Made Here–Young Artist Edition, pairing artist mentors Wing Young Huie, Jason Quaynor, Kirk Washington, Jr., and Charles Fraser with teen groups to learn about new art forms and develop storefront art displays for public viewing.  

/sites/default/files/BeFunky_Best%20Buy%20Made%20here%20artists.jpg.jpg
Made Here is Minneapolis' urban walking gallery

With Made Here, Hennepin Theatre Trust showcases Minnesota’s artistic talent to energize the vibrant downtown Cultural District.  Plan your experience.

/sites/default/files/130_satin.jpg
Special thanks to Andersen Windows

Andersen Windows is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Made Here. Their windows and doors have been “made here” in Minnesota for more than 100 years. Visit www.andersencorporation.com to learn more about Andersen and its products.

/sites/default/files/andersen_homepage_1024x776.jpg

Businesses nearby

Radisson Blu
35 7th Street South, Minneapolis, MN
Latitude:
44.977094
Longitude:
-93.273521
Seven
700 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Latitude:
44.978007
Longitude:
-93.275353
The Capital Grille
801 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
Latitude:
44.976965
Longitude:
-93.275934