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I CAN: Requiem for I Canʼt
is a community participation art project aimed at shattering the limitations left in the wake of domestic violence and sexual assault. This project invites not only survivors but also the broader community to redefine what one believes they "Can" and "Can't" do in relation to ending the violence. A collaborative project among artists Barbara T. Smith and Nina Jun and the A Window Between Worlds' network of survivors and shelters, it featured the words and voices of more than 1,003 shelter participants from the greater Los Angeles area.
Begun last year in the tightly secured privacy of domestic abuse shelters and crisis agencies this highly charged project has now gone public with a powerful transformative rite by acclaimed performance artist Barbara T. Smith, held at the Social and Public Art Resource Center, (SPARC) in March of 2012. A master storyteller, Smith wove together personal incidents and historic myths about challenge, possibility and all we accept as personally impossible. Her performance informed and guided a mental shift from limitation to possibility.
To enter the exhibit click here .I CAN: Requiem for I Can't was supported in part by the Los Angeles County Arts Commission Cultivate/Creative Initiative and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs as well as many generous individuals and organizations, community advisors and the AWBW network of leaders and volunteers that made this expansive community engagement project possible.