Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, Let’s re-name our city, one block at a time, 2020, black gesso, acrylic, colored pencil on plywood, hardware, 48 x 24 x variable inches.

Roots and webs and nets and branches and bulletin boards and banners and newsletters and mutual aid text threads: A Broadcast

August 28, 2021 August 28, 2021

For Upstate Art Weekend on Saturday, August 28, artist and activist Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo will be Broadcasting sounds, protest chants and stories of resistance in downtown Hudson.

A Broadcast: an invitation to listen and use your body to support. An invitation to come to a selected site, to gather and form a crowd. To let our bodies become the support structures. To show up, to learn and repeat and share.

You are invited to take part in bringing this work to life! From 11am-1pm and 2-4pm, at least 10 volunteers are needed to hold up banners, repeat protest chants, and engage in conversations about your resistance and liberatory histories! Please email Lukaza if you are interested in being a part of this work: lukazabv@gmail.com

Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo (she/her/they/them, b. 1993, Munsee Lenapa & Wappinger Lan [New York City, NY]) is a queer, black, artist, activist, educator, storyteller & curator who lives and works between Ohlone Land (Oakland, CA) and Powhatan Land (Richmond, VA). Their work has been included in exhibitions and performances at EFA Project Space (New York City, NY), Leslie Lohman Museum for Gay & Lesbian Art (New York City, NY), Konsthall C (Stockholm,Sweden), STNDRD (Steuben, WI), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, CA) and Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley, CA), among others. Lukaza has been awarded residencies and fellowships at Kala Art Center (Berkeley, CA), ACRE Residency (Steuben, WI), Vermont Studio Center (Johnson, VT) and CENTER (Grand Rapids, MI). For five years, Lukaza was the Lead Curator/Director at Nook Gallery, collaborating with over 80+ artists, in a gallery located in their Oakland apartment kitchen. In the Fall of 2020 their newest artist book, We are all speaking at the same time, was released with Endless Editions (New York City, NY). They got their BFA at California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA and are currently getting their MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.