Tuesday, April 10, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes former Washington Post culture critic Natalie Hopkinson, who will sign and discuss her new book, A Mouth Is Always Muzzled: Six Dissidents, Five Continents, and the Art of Resistance, with artist and activist De Nichols!
As people consider how to respond to a resurgence of racist, xenophobic populism, A Mouth Is Always Muzzled tells an extraordinary story of the ways art brings hope in perilous times. Weaving disparate topics from sugar and British colonialism to attacks on free speech and Facebook activism and traveling a jagged path across the Americas, Africa, India, and Europe, Natalie Hopkinson argues that art is where the future is negotiated. Part post-colonial manifesto, part history of British Caribbean, part exploration of art in the modern world, A Mouth Is Always Muzzled is a dazzling analysis of the insistent role of art in contemporary politics and life.
“Hopkinson paints the creative class as essential players in modern society . . . A Mouth Is Always Muzzled loudly and elegantly articulates why artists are necessary catalysts in that shared better future.” —Foreword Reviews
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of A Mouth is Always Muzzled from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line.
Through a multi-disciplinary creative practice, De Nichols mobilizes global changemakers to design and activate ideas addressing issues of social division, racial injustice, food insecurity, and civic disengagement. Based in St. Louis, MO, De leads social impact design firm, Civic Creatives, as a Principal Designer, and she is a 2017 Citizen Artist Fellow of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. She is the visioning artist of the Mirror Casket (2014), a sculpture and performance created as protest art during the 2014 Ferguson uprising, which was collected by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum for African-American History and Culture in 2016. Because of her efforts as a social practice artist, writer, and orator, De is a national public speaker on harnessing art and design for social and systems change. Within her community, De serves as a member of the Boards of Directors for Forward through Ferguson and Creative Reaction Lab, two organizations that exist to foster more racial equitable practices, policies, and systems within communities. Most recently, De was selected as a 2018 Artist Fellow of the Regional Arts Commission St. Louis.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.