By Way of Revolution: Artist-Led Workshop
Special Event

By Way of Revolution: Artist-Led Workshop

Sat. February 3 This event has passed

Grand Lobby, YBCA, 701 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
Free with Registration
Register by Tuesday, January 30, 2024, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided during the workshop. Please note that all participants will need to sign an image release waiver.

Investigate how histories of protest inform our present-day moment and the powerful yet often overlooked role that BIPOC women (both cis and trans) play in this performance art workshop led by artist Helina Metaferia.

Designed for women-identifying BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) who live in the Bay Area, Metaferia’s project has been ongoing since 2018 and has had multiple presentations nationally and internationally.

In this workshop, Metaferia will lead the group through a series of writing, mindfulness, and somatic and performance exercises based on histories of social change movements. Participants will explore how institutionalized and systemic trauma gets stored in the body and learn creative and tangible tools for self-care and communal care as methods for sustainability.

This workshop is held as a collaboration between Helina Metaferia and these Bay Area institutions: Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsMuseum of African Diaspora, and Bolinas Museum. Based on this preparatory workshop, Metaferia will create a presentation of art across the four venues in October 2024, coinciding with the 2024 national presidential election. Participants in this workshop have the option to volunteer to be photographed on the same day of the workshop for a series of collages that Metaferia will create that will combine archives of historical liberation movements with the images of workshop participants. Free with registration.


About Helina Metaferia

Helina Metaferia is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, video, installation, collage, and social practice. Metaferia received her MFA from Tufts University’s School of the Museum of Fine Arts and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions include Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; RISD Art Museum, Providence, RI; New York University’s The Gallatin Galleries, New York, NY; and Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA.

Museum of the African Diaspora

The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) is a contemporary art museum whose mission is to celebrate Black cultures, ignite challenging conversations, and inspire learning through the global lens of the African Diaspora. MoAD is one of only a few museums in the United States dedicated to the celebration and interpretation of art, artists, and cultures from the African Diaspora. The Museum presents exhibitions highlighting contemporary art and artists of African descent and engages its audience through education and public programs that interpret and enhance the understanding of Black art. Founded in 2005, the Museum continues to be a unique, cultural arts staple in the San Francisco Bay Area community.

About YBCA

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts opened to the public in 1993, YBCA was founded as the cultural anchor of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Gardens neighborhood. Our work spans the realms of contemporary art, performance, film, civic engagement, and public life. Centering artists as essential to social and cultural movement, YBCA is reimagining the role an arts institution can play in the community it serves.