After, Other, and Before
September 25 – December 31, 2021
Franconia Sculpture Park, Mardag Gallery
29836 St. Croix Trail
Shafer, MN 55074
Virtual Dinner & Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
6pm (Central Time)
Saturday, September 25, 2021
Dinner and Discussion: Kehayr Brown-Ransaw, Timothy Manalo, Nico Sardina, Beau Tate, Kieran Tverbakk
Streamed via Facebook Live
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
6pm (Central Time)
After, Other, and Before is a group exhibition curated by Emerging Curators Institute Fellow and 2021 Franconia Fellow, Kehayr Brown-Ransaw. This exhibition presents works by diasporic artists that confronts, challenges, reconciles, and recontextualizes the settler colonial identity and “other” identity marker placed on people of color.
About the Artists
Timothy Manalo is a sculptor and installation artist born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is influenced by personal stories and aesthetics of migration and diaspora. Manalo holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts from OCAD University (Ontario College of Art and Design University, Masters of Fine Arts from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts (SMFA), and Certificate in Museum Studies from Tufts University. He is the recipient of a 2019-2020 Post-Graduate Teaching Fellowship at SMFA at Tufts and is a 2021 Emerging Artist-in-Residence at Franconia Sculpture Park.
Manalo’s work centers the exploration of everyday objects and their evocative potential. Primarily through mold-making, weaving and new media installation, playing with materials to manipulate and re-present objects unveiling narratives rooted in history and collective memory. Manalo draws from experiences of family gatherings, food, and labor in order to create work that addresses ways of understanding home and the dissonance of hyphenated identities.
Nico Sardina is an experimental animator and screenprinter from San Diego, California, currently living and working in the Twin Cities. Sardina holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Animation from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and is an operating member of the People’s Library. Their work focuses on non-hegemonic sections of identity, drawing from their lived experience as a transmasculine Filipino, and how those sections are expressed. Their work is influenced by their formal animation education, subverted to work in a fine arts space.
On behalf of the People’s Library printmaking collective, Sardina is the co-recipient of a 2020-21 Visual Arts Fund Community Relief Grant from Midway Contemporary Art; overseeing the training and facilitation of 6 screenprinting interns during the grant period. Sardina has live screenprinted at events for Angela Conley, Whittier Alliance, Minneapolis Institute of Arts Third Thursday, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and Seward Free Store.
Beau Tate is a non-binary trans-masculine installation and video artist and musician from Milwaukee, Wisconsin working in Minneapolis. Tate holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Fine Art Studio with an emphasis in Printmaking from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
Tate works with text, performance, and familiar found objects to replicate and preserve the intimacies of human relationships through the guise of memory within a queer lens. Tate’s work concerns itself within the emotions and intimacies of human interaction & relationships. The moments shared by friends, family, and strangers alike. He uses the performative residue of organized placement, text (poetry) and visual narrative to maximize the sensory experience within his work.
Kieran Myles-Andrés Tverbakk is an artist from Houston, Texas, currently living and working on Dakhóta land (Minneapolis-St. Paul). They create mixed media artwork exploring dichotomies within their experience as a first-generation Mexican-Norwegian-American who is also non-binary transgender. Their interests lie in how we as humans divide ourselves socially, politically, and physically.
Tverbakk has exhibited nationally in galleries including Clamp Light (San Antonio TX), Sure Space (Minneapolis MN), New Women Space (Brooklyn NY), NDSU’s Memorial Union Gallery (Fargo ND), Waiting Room (St. Paul MN), Hair + Nails (Minneapolis), and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum (Philadelphia PA).Tverbakk is a 2020 Artist Initiative Grant recipient, awarded by the Minnesota State Arts Board. They are the founder of Transparency.News and a co-founder of ACAB, A Community Arts Bandwagon.