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Activism Through Art
Throughout the year, Moral Voices has examined activism and how Tufts students can best fight for the issues they care about. We’ve examined various tactics employed to foster change. For our final event, we will highlight how artistic expression can be a mechanism to generate action. Artists Aysha Upchurch and Krystle Brown will discuss the techniques they use to integrate social justice messaging into their work. We will complement this perspective by showcasing social justice art from the Tufts community.

Apr 15, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Aysha Upchurch
A self-described artist and entrepreneur, Aysha Upchurch harnesses traditional African diaspora to dismantle systemic racial oppression through hip hop. Her choreographies center on youth advocacy and conflict resolution in order to uplift marginalized communities. At Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Ms. Upchurch teaches courses on body movement and embodied learning. In 2018, she launched HipHopEx, a collaborative lab for students to explore hip hop in education.
Krystle Brown
Former SMFA graduate Krystle Brown discusses the psychological impacts of socioeconomic class, ecological degradation, and labor conditions through her work. Through video installations, sculptures, photography, and paintings, she grapples with the urban gothic paradigm and the value we place on our home environment. Ms. Brown will discuss her first solo exhibition called 15,000 Days, a film series that examines the role of time in the climate crisis.