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by Honey Pot Performance at Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, April 14-16, 2016 . Featuring Abra Johnson as Wonder in headdress designed by D. Denenge Akpem, underlay textile featuring painting by Euzhan Sims, and Oracle sculptures. Costume sketch by D. Denenge Akpem.	Detail of clay fruit for installation, Wan Chuku and the Mystical Yam FarmAudience-interactive version for Freedom Dreams...Freedom Now! conference, Social Justice Initiative, UIC, May 28-30, 2014Stony%20Island%20Arts%20BankPritzker%20PavilionOSUMATHE%20LAB%20for%20installation+performanceAudience-interactive version for Freedom Dreams...Freedom Now! conference, Social Justice Initiative, UIC, May 28-30, 2014%09Super%20Space%20Riff%3A%20An%20Ode%20to%20Mae%20Jamison%20and%20Octavia%20Butler%20in%20VIII%20Stanzas%20-Hyde%20Park%20Art%20Center%20inaugural%20exhibition%20%282006%29%20-Looptopia%20performance%20in%20historic%20Marshall%20Fields%20%28now%20Macys%29%20windows%20for%2024-hour%20event%20-Beach%20performance%09%09Super%20Space%20Riff%3A%20An%20Ode%20to%20Mae%20Jamison%20and%20Octavia%20Butler%20in%20VIII%20Stanzas%20-Hyde%20Park%20Art%20Center%20inaugural%20exhibition%20%282006%29%20-Looptopia%20performance%20in%20historic%20Marshall%20Fields%20%28now%20Macys%29%20windows%20for%2024-hour%20event%20-Beach%20performance%09%09Polvo%20Magazine%2C%20Cover%20image%20and%20interview%20about%20Vaquera%20Serenade%3A%20La%20Cueruda%20Negra%20with%20Ayanna%20Jolivet%20McCloud%20Vaquera.%20Photo%20in%20collaboration%20with%20Russell%20Watson%3B%20installation%20photo%20courtesy%20A+D%20Gallery.%20Interview%20for%20exhibition%20%22Girl%20on%20Guy%3A%20The%20Object%20of%20My%20Desire%22%20at%20A+D%20Gallery%2C%20about%20my%20installation%20%28including%20photos%20by%20Russell%20Watson%20and%20opening%20day%20performance%20with%20Diana%20Hinojosa%29%09%09The%20inspiration%20for%20the%20sola%20portrait%3A%20Portrait%20of%20a%20Female%20Soldier%20form%20Michoacan/Retrato%20de%20una%20soldadera%20de%20Michoacan%20Credit%3A%20Agustin%20V.%20Casasola%20%281874-1938%29%2C%201910%2C%20sepia-toned%20enlarged%20print%20from%20original%20photo%20negative/fotografia%20en%20sepia%2C%20National%20Museum%20of%20Mexican%20Art%20Permanent%20Collection%2C%20Gift%20of%20Pilsen%20Neighbors.%20Photo%20by%20Michael%20Tropea.%20This%20image%20was%20shown%20and%20featured%20in%20the%20publication%20for%20the%20exhibition%20The%20African%20Presence%20in%20M%E9xico%3A%20From%20Yanga%20to%20the%20Present%2C%202006.%20I%20was%20struck%20by%20this%20photo%20and%20her%20hidden%20histories%2C%20using%20the%20work%20in%20Vaquera%20Serenade%20to%20unpack%20possible%20histories%20and%20threads%20of%20connection%20to%20my%20own%20life%20that%20includes%20a%20long-standing%20love%20of%20country%20music%20and%20visions%20of%20the%20untamed%20Wild%2C%20the%20warrior%20spirit%20and%20the%20solo%20woman%20shape-shifting%20across%20identities%20and%20time.%20It%20was%20this%20same%20shape-shifting%20spirit%20that%20led%20me%20to%20the%20creation%20of%20La%20Morena%20in%202004.%09%09Photo%20with%20Russell%20Watson%2C%20Staged%20at%20Montrose%20Beach%2C%20Chicago%09%09Photo%20credit%20A+D%20Gallery%2C%20performance%20featuring%20Diana%20Hinojosa%09%09Photo%20by%20Matt%20%22Motep%22%20Woods%20Costume%20from%20Rapunzel%20Revisited%20Explores%20repulsion%2C%20desire%2C%20and%20Black%20femininty%20in%20relationship%20to%20the%20city%20of%20Baucis%20in%20Italo%20Calvino%27s%20classic%20Invisible%20Cities%2C%20through%20scuptural%2C%20visual%2C%20performance%20art%2C%20and%20sonic%20lenses.%09