A sandwich is not a gun.
A hairbrush is not a gun.
A wallet is not a gun.
These items come from a list of 23 objects that have been mistaken for guns by police officers in officer-involved shootings since 2001.
Please join us in a collaborative art-making workshop and dialogue to honor those lives and unpack the shock, tragedy, and injustice before us. Presented by Cara Levine, Ekaette Ekong and Homeboy Industries, this program encourages participants to give presence to these objects, calling attention to their not-gun-ness by sculpting their shape in clay. This Is Not A Gun endeavors to carve out time and space to cite these issues within our own bodies and stories, without presuming a total understanding of this racially fraught and complicated crisis. This gathering upholds a non-judgmental space for sharing amongst anyone who participates.
This event is free and open to the public, but advanced ticket reservations are required.
Please note the galleries will not be open during this event.
About Cara Levine
Cara Levine lives in Los Angeles, California. Her work is studio-based, collaborative, socially-engaged and curatorial. Her practice focuses primarily on the body, its absence, empathetic experiential practice, access, and equity. Levine founded the studio and public project This Is Not A Gun, in 2016. She is a senior lecturer in sculpture at Otis College. Since 2011, Levine has worked extensively in the disability arts community of the West Coast, including as an instructor at Creative Growth from 2013-2015. She also co-organized the first annual Self-Taught Artist’s Fair with the Public Annex in Portland, Oregon in 2017, as well as the Miss James Residency program with ECF in Los Angeles in 2018. Her work has shown in various locations including the Wattis Center for Contemporary Art in San Francisco, YoungArts Miami Art Basel, and the Center for Contemporary Art, Tel Aviv. She has been a recent participant at the Arctic Circle Residency, Santa Fe Art Institute Residency for Equal Justice, Sim Residency in Iceland and Anderson Ranch in Colorado.
About Ekaette Ekong
Ekaette Ekong is a writer, activist and internationally renowned yoga teacher. She is the editor in chief of WOKE. Magazine, a quarterly wellness publication for people of color and our diverse society. WOKE. provides a broader lens to personal development and societal change, and promotes inclusivity within the yoga and spiritual community.
About Homeboy Industries
Homeboy Industries is the largest and preeminent gang rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. Homeboy offers an “exit ramp” for those stuck in a cycle of violence and incarceration, helping them develop the strength and skills to transform their lives and become contributing members of society. The organization’s holistic approach, with free services and programs, supports nearly 9000 men and women a year as they work to overcome their pasts, reimagine their futures, and break the intergenerational cycle of gang violence. Therapeutic and educational offerings (case management, counseling, and classes), practical services (e.g., tattoo removal, work readiness, and legal assistance), and job training-focused business (e.g., Homeboy Bakery, Homegirl Café & Catering, and Homeboy Electronics Recycling) provide healing alternatives to gang life, while creating more inclusive and healthier communities.