At the beginning of the summer 2012, Lexie Bean started a project called Attention: People With Body Parts in which she collects letters from folks who have written to one of their body parts. All of the pieces anonymously went together in a book to show how different bodies are layered and connected—but far from equal and whole. The project questions the mainstream body-positive movement as something that perpetuates what is made “positive” and fully “body.” Attention: People With Body Parts aims for the reclamation of the wholeness of our bodies in recognizing how identities and histories become parts and pieces that tangle. This exploration insists upon accessibility, especially for those with voices that do not fit into the “body-positive” movement.
This workshop and open mic will make space for individuals to use visual art and words to explore, share, and perform their own letters to create a space where we can talk about the spaces we share and the spaces between us.
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