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2018 KGMCA-PRH Fellows’ Lecture-Performances


Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art & Social Engagement (CASE) in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts (KGMCA) will host the culminating lectures and performances by the 2018 KGMCA-PRH fellows on Tuesday, November 27 in the University of Houston Fine Arts Building. The 2018 fellows, Regina Agu and Eyakem Gulilat, will present their to-date responses to the questions that guided their year of research.

Regina Agu — A Psychogeography of Emancipation Park

Agu presents her research-to-date in a multimedia performative lecture that draws from archival and original photographs, text, moving image and sound. Throughout her fellowship, Agu investigated the history of mass congregation and activism in public green spaces and parks in Houston, with a particular emphasis on Emancipation Park. Her year centered on developing an understanding of the opportunities and challenges associated with establishing and maintaining safe, healthy, public spaces for residents of color across the city, and researching a feminist history of Emancipation Park and the Third Ward neighborhood.

Eyakem Gulilat — Black Place-Making and Informality

Using photography as a tool for documentation as well as an interactive exchange, Gulilat explores Black place-making practice. Throughout the fellowship, his research centered on these questions: How do the narratives contained in the Third Ward create a sense of place, and what type of stories do these places tell us about Third Ward and the African American community? The talk and accompanying exhibition explore the ideas of informal urbanism and landscape as metaphor.

The KGMCA-PRH fellowship program was created in 2016 by the Center for Art & Social Engagement and Project Row Houses. The fellowship invites two artists and cultural practitioners to Houston’s Historic Third Ward neighborhood to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. Each year the fellows engage in creative collaborations that involve the Historic Third Ward community and address issues important to its residences. Agu and Gulilat have worked under the guidance of Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Art & Social Engagement, and Ryan N. Dennis, PRH’s curator and programs director.

KGMCA-PRH Fellows’s Lecture-Performances
November 27, 7 – 9 p.m.
University of Houston, Fine Arts Building, Room 110
Accompanying exhibition at Project Row Houses, 2521 Holman Street
November 27 – December 15