FREE

YOUR

MIND

This public social justice art endeavor aims to gather and showcase personal narratives of microaggressions, offering a cathartic release.

Participants inscribe their experiences onto ribbons, which are then tied to a net, symbolizing liberation.

The evolving installation creates a public record for discussion.

Interactive Art Exhibition

MAY 17 – SEPT 20
Artist: Theda Sandiford

Free Your Mind @Touchstone

Free Your Mind is a public textile art endeavor led by artist Theda Sandiford, with the objective of gathering, showcasing, embedding, and liberating personal narratives surrounding microaggressions through a multi-sensory installation.

 

Microaggressions, those nuanced and sometimes unintentional daily interactions, convey hostile, derogatory, or negative messages or assumptions towards historically marginalized groups. The cumulative impact of these routine encounters manifests in tangible consequences—stress, anger, frustration, self-doubt, and ultimately, a sense of powerlessness and invisibility.

 

This project boldly unveils these interactions to offer a cathartic release. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences of microaggressions by inscribing them onto a ribbon, which is then tied to a net, symbolizing the liberation of these stories from their personal narratives. Each ribbon becomes a tangible “story ribbon.”

 

Share your “story ribbon” while visiting Touchstone’s campus from May to September. Click for Gallery Hours.

ABOUT

THE

ARTIST

An acclaimed fiber and installation artist, Theda Sandiford draws inspiration from racial trauma.

Melding various fibers and found materials, she employs free form weaving, coiling, knotting, and jewelry-making techniques.

Her meticulously gathered materials, along with community contributions, serve as a testament to collective memory, transforming into "social fabric" that intertwines contemporary issues and personal narratives, fostering a rich tapestry of interconnected stories.

Join us on Zoom or in-person!

WEDNESDAY, MAY 22 | 2 p.m.

& TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 | 6 p.m.

Free Your Mind Artist Talks

Visiting Artist: Theda Sandiford

 

Join us on Zoom or in-person for these powerful and engaging artist talks. This event is a unique opportunity to hear directly from the artist about the Free Your Mind art installation project at Touchstone, as Theda shares the creative journey and insights related to the project.

 

Free Your Mind is a public textile art endeavor led by artist Theda Sandiford, with the objective of gathering, showcasing, embedding, and liberating personal narratives surrounding microaggressions through a multi-sensory installation.

 

Please Register in Advance for the Zoom Talks:

Register for SEPTEMBER 24

Please call the office at 724-329-1370 if you would like to attend the Artist Talk in person.

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Website: thedasandiford.com

Instagram: @misstheda

Did you miss the first Artist Talk on May 22?

Watch the recording online: