Title: WeSpoke Gallery Talk – “BODY” with Amanda Shea
First of WeSpoke Gallery Talk Series Features SPOKE Artist-in-Residence Amanda Shea
MW Productions launches its WeSpoke Gallery Talks with “BODY,” featuring SPOKE Artist-in-Residence Amanda Shea, on Wednesday, May 5th.
Last year Shea received news that she would undergo an invasive surgery to repair two dislodged discs in her neck. In the 20 minutes that followed Shea poured her emotions into a poem, capturing the shock, anxiety, and fear stirred by the risks of the procedure and its impact on herself and her livelihood. “BODY”
for Shea meant coming to terms with her own body’s journey and all it has endured. One year later, after releasing a video alongside her poem, Shea’s art
has sparked new conversations around body positivity, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, and disability (visible and invisible).
On May 5th MW Productions/SPOKE shares the voices of Black and Brown women and artists as they speak candidly about how they view themselves, health in the Black community, and their treatment during traumatic and transformative moments. Following a viewing of the “BODY” video, moderator Arielle Gray (WBUR The ARTery Arts Engagement Producer, Writer, Artist) will lead a discussion with panelists Denika Alvarez, Brandie Blaze, Adrianna Boulin, Oliver Burns, J.A.B.S., & Shea in a deeper conversation around their journey with their own body and how it has shaped their livelihood. This first “WeSpoke” Gallery Talk will begin at 7 pm in the New Spoke Gallery and will be available via Zoom, Facebook and YouTube. Future “WeSpoke” Gallery Talks will focus on climate change, addiction and recovery, and racial justice and reconciliation.
Photo credit: Danny Reyes Figueroa of Maze Radio
Check out this WBUR article highlighting Amanda’s work here!