Artist Talks: MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Mentorship Series VII

Tuesday, April 2; 6-8pm
MCBA Studios
Free and open to the public

Meet the recipients of the MCBA / Jerome Foundation Book Arts Mentorship Series VII:

  • Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra, inter/anti-disciplinary artist and musician
  • Daniel McCarthy Clifford, artist
  • Chaun Webster, poet and sound artist

The mentees will be discussing their artistic process and their experiences in the Mentorship program. Come with questions ready!

Mentorship recipient bios and project summaries:

Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra a.k.a. Lady Xok (enrolled Maya-Lenca Nation) is an inter/anti-disciplinary artist, musician, and culture bearer. Firmly rooted in Maya-Lenca cosmovision and Indigenous Futurisms, her experimental anti-disciplinary practice pulls across seemingly distant disciplines of archaeology, epigraphy, ethnoastronomy, theology, and public art. She writes and performs bilingual music under the pseudonym Lady Xok and is currently recording a Future-Folk EP, made possible by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, to be released this winter. Rebekah co-founded Electric Machete Studios, a Twin Cities Latinx Art + Music production house. During her Jerome Mentorship she will focus on a public art project titled The Mayan Calendar, which is an artistic and ethno-astronomy cultural revitalization project of Mayan epigraphy, astrology, and star maps.

Daniel McCarthy Clifford works across disciplines to explore the dynamics, materials, and histories of disciplinary structures; prisons and schools become entry points to a broader conversation about power, race, class, and sexuality. He holds a BA in art history and BFA in sculpture from the University of New Mexico, and recently completed an MFA in photography at the University of Minnesota. He is a current artist in residence in Weisman Art Museum’s Target Studio for Creative Collaboration.

Chaun Webster is poet and sound artist whose work uses a materialist temporality through a textual critic of linearity, while also interrogating memory, the afterlives of slavery, and black spatiality. Webster’s debut book, GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime, was published by Noemi Press April 2018. As a Jerome Foundation Mentorship Recipient, Webster will be focusing on death, time, and black sociality.

Since 1985, the Jerome Foundation has helped emerging artists push the boundaries of contemporary book arts by supporting the creation of new work. Through these fellowship and mentorship opportunities, Minnesota artists of diverse disciplines have created book arts projects that challenge and redefine conventional notions of book form and content.

Image: Image: “gawn!” from GeNtry!fication: or the scene of the crime, 2018 by Chaun Webster
Rebekah Crisanta de Ybarra Photo Credit: Nancy Musinguzi
Daniel McCarthy Clifford Photo credit: Christopher Selleck
Chaun Webster Photo Credit: Adjoa Akofio-Sowah