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A darkly comic ode to mothers, immigrants, and dreamers everywhere, Wes Hurley’s 2019 Creative Capital Project, Potato Dreams of America, has been a lifetime in the making. The autobiographical film shares the American Dream from an immigrant’s perspective, tracing the story of Hurley and his mother as they came to America in the 1990s—her as a mail-order bride, and him as her gay, closeted son. The film is now available on DVD, video-on-demand, and limited-edition Blu-ray.

Jasmín Mara López’s Creative Capital Project, Silent Beauty, is a lyrical and sensitive autobiographical exploration of her family history with child sexual abuse and a culture of silence. The film premieres virtually and in-person at BlackStar Film Festival on August 5.

How is tending a garden connected to prison abolition? 2020 Creative Capital Grantee jackie sumell’s social practice shows that both require similar care, fortitude, and collaboration. An offshoot of her Creative Capital Project, The Abolitionist’s Apothecary & Tea Party, the installation Growing Abolition is currently on view at MoMA PS1.

How does one transform an abandoned gas station and convenience store into a dynamic community space? SuttonBeresCuller (Creative Capital Grantee 2008)—otherwise knows as John Sutton, Ben Beres, and Zac Culler—address this challenge with their Creative Capital Project, Mini Mart City Park, debuting next week in Seattle, WA.

Using techniques of durational observation, Daniel Eisenberg’s (2012 Creative Capital Grantee) film The Unstable Object II reveals the deeper meanings of these objects and sites, and in our world where the nature of work is radically changing, allows us the time and space to consider our own place in the order of things. Premiering this week at FIDMarseille, the film reveals paradigms of contemporary production, organization, and labor.

The unprecedented decision of the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade and end the constitutional right to abortion has spurred many of us to action. In the days and months ahead, those of us who believe in reproductive justice will be making our case in the streets, in the courts, and in the halls of legislative bodies. As we turn to this important work, it is crucial that we do not ignore a realm that has a fraught relationship to politics: the practice of art and its power to change us.

I began writing poetry in 1975. In 2005 I developed (Soma)tic Poetry Rituals. I believe in the strength of poetry! Everyone is creative, and those of us who foster our imaginations have the potential not merely to survive but to thrive! Rituals can lead us to see the creative viability in everything around us. With

Creative Capital spoke to Samora Pinderhughes about the premiere of his Creative Capital Project, The Healing Project—a multidisciplinary music, film, and installation work exploring the daily realities of violence, incarceration, detention, and policing in communities across the US.

Creative Capital spoke to Daresha Kyi about the premiere of her Creative Capital project, Mama Bears—her film exploring how the lives of conservative, Christian mothers are transformed when they decide to accept their LGBTQ children.

Creative Capital spoke to Polly Apfelbaum about her first all-ceramics show, being an artist during the pandemic, and how the concept of home ties into her work.