Imagining the Future

Imagining the Future is a storytelling and world-building workshop for immigrant and refugee artists co-facilitated by choreographer Hope Mohr and visual artist Ranu Mukherjee.

Through movement, drawing, and writing, we will envision how we want to live into the future and begin to create embodied languages of resilience and power.  Organized in partnership with Hope Mohr Dance and ARTogether, this workshop offers a safe space to ground ourselves in our bodies and in sensation, explore experiences of rupture, and give voice to what sustains us. Through imagining rupture as a character that changes over time, we connect to its lessons and to our personal sense of continuity in order to build visions of possible futures. Painters, dancers, musicians, photographers, and poets – we welcome artists from all mediums to bring their stories, learn from each other, and collaborate.  

This workshop will happen over a series of three Saturday afternoons (October 2, 9, and 16), from 1-5 PM. Priority will be given to artists who can commit to participating in all three sessions, but drop-ins will also be considered. Artists will be paid $100 for their participation in each session. No movement experience is required to attend the event.

This workshop will take place in person and indoors at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants. All participants are expected to be vaccinated by the time of the workshop. 

Event Details

Date: October 2nd, 9th and 16th (Saturday) from 1pm to 5pm

Location: Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants (544 International Blvd, Suite 9, Oakland, CA 94606)


About the facilitators

Ranu Mukherjee makes hybrid work in painting, moving image and installation to build new imaginative capacities, drawing on the histories of collage, feminist science fiction and Indian mythological images. She is guided by the forces of ecology and non-human agency, diaspora and migration, motherhood and transnational feminisms. Ranu has produced commissioned projects for the San Jose Museum of Art, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Asian Art Museum, the de Young Museum, the 2019 Karachi Biennale, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and the San Francisco Arts Commission. Recent honors include a Lucas Visual Arts Fellowship at Montalvo Arts Center (2019-2022), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2020) and a residency at 18th Street Arts Center Los Angeles (2022). She is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris. Mukherjee is the Chair of Film at California College of the Arts, San Francisco.  Click here to learn more. 

Hope Mohr has woven art and activism for decades as a choreographer, curator, community organizer, and writer. She co-directs The Bridge Project, which creates and supports equity-driven live art that builds community and centers artists as agents of change. As a dancer, Mohr trained at S.F. Ballet School and on scholarship at the Merce Cunningham and Trisha Brown Studios in New York City. She performed in the companies of dance pioneers Lucinda Childs and Trisha Brown. She makes dances that “convey emotional and socio-political contents that just ride underneath the surface of a rigorous vocabulary.” (Dance View Times). She has directed performance projects with breast cancer survivors and military veterans. Her work has been presented in such venues as the Baltimore Museum of Art, Highways Performance Space (LA), Moody Center for the Arts (Houston), SFMOMA, ODC Theater, and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. She was named to the YBCA 100 in 2015 and was a 2016 YBCA Fellow. In 2014, Dance Magazine editor-in-chief Wendy Perron named Mohr as one of the “women leaders” in the dance field. Click here to learn more.  

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