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Nat Turner Project : Sidony O'Neal + Manuel Arturo Abreu

Feb 13, 2017 - Mar 5, 2017


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design

Gallery 157

Free and open to the public.


511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]

The Nat Turner Project is happy to announce a duo show by Sidony O’Neal and Manuel Arturo Abreu, on view 13 Feb - 5 Mar 2017 in Gallery 157. Using text and ephemera, the artists interrogate the ontological and political investment in claiming continuity between mainland and diaspora, between slavery and its afterlife. How does one ground oneself along the continuum between healing and assimilation? Why is it so difficult to refuse to refuse?

OPENING RECEPTION March 2nd // 6-9pm

ARTIST TALK Feb 28th // 6:30pm // Mediatheque

ABOUT ONEAL Sidony O’Neal​ is a writer and artist based in Portland, OR. In addition to solo work, they have performed as a member of performance projects DEAD THOROUGHBRED and DELICTO. Their writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Passages North, BATHHOUSE, SPOOK magazine, FUTURE CONCRETE, Women & Performance, and VARVVARV. They are the translator of Prognosis: Descarga Poetica Decolonial (Quilomboarte 2014) and author of f a c e b o w l (THE MINI CHAPBOOK PRESS 2013). sidony has held a Literary In(ter)ventions residency at the Banff Centre (Canada), a Creative Exchange Lab Residency with PICA (US), and a residency at Arteles Center (Finland). They are an artist in residence in the Synth Library at S1 gallery (Portland).

ABOUT ABREU manuel arturo abreu​ (b. 1991, Santo Domingo) is a poet and artist from the Bronx. Currently living and working in a garage in southeast Portland, they received their BA in Linguistics from Reed College in 2014. They have recently shown work in AA|LA, As It Stands (LA), INCA (Seattle), King Street Station (Seattle), Rhizome, Open Space, et al. They wrote List of Consonants (Bottlecap Press, 2015) and transtrender (Quimérica Books). They occasionally DJ and produce as Tabor Dark and fey. They co-facilitate home school, a free pop-up art school in Portland supported by a Precipice Fund grant and a RACC project grant. See more of their work at