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12/19 A Color Removed Letter Writing Campaign
December 19, 2017
6:30 pm
8:30 pm

In the 2014 fatal shooting of Tamir Rice by Cleveland police, the 12-year-old boy was holding a toy gun with its orange safety cap removed. A Color Removed is a participatory project that responds to this tragedy with the accumulation of orange items in order to prompt viewers to consider how it feels to live in a society where the right to safety has been visually displaced. Clothing, toys, sports equipment, and household items will be catalogued and displayed at SPACES from July to September 2018, and will serve as a forum for fearless listening during FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art.

This public letter writing campaign is one step in removing the color orange from Cleveland. During the workshop, participants will grapple with questions of racial equity and safety, affecting policy through the public expression of grief, creating solidarity for a more peaceful city, and collectively redressing extrajudicial force against people of color. The results of our shared work will be on display at SPACES from July – September 2018.

Monday, December 18, 2017
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mac’s Back’s-Books on Coventry (1820 Coventry Rd, Cleveland Heights, OH 44118)

The letter writing workshops are FREE and open to the public, but you must RSVP, as space is limited. Please send an email to cvassallo@SPACESgallery.org with “A Color Removed RSVP” in the subject line to reserve your seat. Note which day you will attend in the body of the email.

Please note that future workshops will take place at locations throughout Cleveland, in the lead up to the July 2018 exhibition at SPACES.

A Color Removed, by Michael Rakowitz, is organized by SPACES and The Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University; the 9/25 – 9/26 letter writing workshops are fully sponsored by The Beamer-Schneider Professorship in Ethics at Case Western Reserve University. This program is presented as part of FRONT International, in lead up to its exhibitions An American City: 11 Cultural Exercises, July 14-September 30, 2018.