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Fallen Pins of America — Multimedia Exhibition by Mia Adams

  • Xico Shipping Container Galleries 425 East Roosevelt Street Phoenix, AZ, 85004 United States (map)

Third Friday, January 18, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
First Friday, February 1, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Fallen Pins of America
Inspired by liberation groups such as The Black Panther Party and Black contemporary artists such as Sonya Clark, Mia’s work addresses social/political issues that are typically swept underneath the carpet or avoided. Through getting her degree, Mia has developed a collection of conceptual political pieces that utilize altered everyday objects. Mia’s most recent project F allen Pins of America brings awareness to police brutality with the use of an altered U.S map that marks documented police killings of Black, Hispanic, and Indigenous individuals from 2014-2018.

Living the life of a Black/Latina woman in the United States has ultimately inspired her to expose the experiences and voices of those who have been silenced by society. Her work resides as a visual timestamp of the ongoing struggles that people of color continue to face in modern day society.

About the Artist:
Mia Adams is a Phoenix-born multimedia artist that currently resides in Tempe, AZ. Mia is set to graduate from Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in 2019 with a BFA in Intermedia.

Of her work, she says:

“As a visual artist, I use sculpture, installation, and performance to challenge the ideas of our society through social and political confrontation. My work is a reflection of ongoing issues that exist in our communities and have personally impacted my life. These issues, as a result, affect the way I move through the world as a Black and Latina woman. I explore topics of identity, race, discrimination, and social hierarchies through the use of everyday objects and other various mediums.

My main goal is to create bold visuals and concepts that challengemy audience to analyze the world around them or expose them to information that they otherwise wouldn't have known. The topics I highlight are typically swept underneath the carpet OR avoided. For this reason, I aim to create dialogue about social and political issues that are significant to me in order to move us towards equality and justice. As a Black/Latina artist, my underlying foundation is to use my work as a way to expose the voices of those who have been silenced by society.”

Earlier Event: December 21
The Other Side — Photography by John Joe
Later Event: February 15
Mixed Media Works by Fausto Fernandez