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“Transforming Hate” Author Event at Firestorm Books & Coffee – February 28

Transforming Hate Author Event at Firestorm Books & Coffee

Wednesday, February 28th at 6pm

610 Haywood Rd, West Asheville, 28806

Join Asheville resident, Clarissa Sligh, for a reading of her most recent book, Transforming Hate: An Artist’s Book.

About the book: One’s life sometimes collides with moments in history, causing it to be altered dramatically by external change. Transforming Hate: An Artist’s Book sheds light on our individual roles in history, as witness and as participant, how we each influence decisions about who gets to have rights and who is marginalized in our society. Making this book, “I had to face my own terror and fear and the ways it made me feel safe if I averted my eyes or did not look too closely at our dominant narratives about our history and identity.” How can we begin to talk about what separates us?

From the foreward: “I am a black woman. I am an artist. For many years I have been creating work to bring issues of social justice into the public discourse. This book evolved from a project for which I folded origami cranes from pages of white supremacist books for the exhibition, Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate. It was organized by the Montana Human Rights Network and the Holter Art Museum in Helena, Montana and opened in 2008.

The process of making this book came later. I was trying to look at what it was like for me to turn hateful words into a beautiful art object. What evolved from that exploration helped me understand more fully how the power of oppression and violence silences us, keeps each of us from being who we really are.”

About the author-artist: Clarissa Sligh is an internationally acclaimed and highly awarded artist, writer and educator. She is known for her compelling photo-text images, artists’ books, and text-based installations exploring richly layered concepts such as identity, politics, social justice, memory, and history.


Contact Information: Firestorm Books and Coffee (828-255-8115)

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