Opening reception: February 7, 6-9pm
2nd reception: March 6, 6-9pm
Artist Talk: March 6, 7pm
Like our river, the womb is water—we are water and carry its memory, the salt and its rhythms. In the Great Lakes Region, an emerging, yet longstanding concern regarding infant mortality and race, specifically for African-American families has attention. The cost of the legacy of enslavement on our entry and our leaving interrupts—a continual tearing from land. This work examines the relationship between loss, displacement, relocation and the cost of accumulated histories on black gendered bodies that birth.
M. Carmen Lane is a two:spirit African-American and Haudenosaunee (Mohawk/Tuscarora) artist, writer and facilitator living in Cleveland, Ohio. Lane’s work ranges from experiential educator to diversity practitioner to organizational systems consultant to experimental artist—all of it integrates ancestry, legacy, and spirituality; pursues expansion, experimentation, and play. Lane is founder and director of ATNSC: Center for Healing & Creative Leadership atnsc.org, an urban retreat center and social practice experiment in holistic health, leadership development, Indigenous arts and culture and the Akhsótha Gallery located in the historic Buckeye-Shaker neighborhood.
Lane’s work has been published in numerous journals and anthologies including the Yellow Medicine Review, Red Ink Magazine, Anomaly, and the Lambda Literary Award-nominated Sovereign Erotics: A Collection of Two Spirit Literatures. Lane’s first collection of poetry is Calling Out After Slaughter (2015). Lane has exhibited work during the FRONT 2018 triennial group show by Michael Rakowitz, A Color Removed at SPACES Gallery and at EFA Project Space’s Spring 2019 exhibition In The Presence of Absence. Lane was a 2018 Creative Fusion artist-in-residence and recipient of the 2019 Room In The House artist residency at the historic Karamu theatre. In January 2020, Lane was awarded a Joyce Award with the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland.
Lane attended Earlham College receiving their BA in Women’s Studies with a focus in feminist art history, theory & criticism and later earned their MS in Organization Development & Change from American University. Lane was a recipient of both the AU/NTL Segal-Seashore Fellowship and Hal Kellner Award. Lane is an Amanda Fouther scholar/member of NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science and Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers. In 2016, they became a birth/postpartum and end-of-life doula www.atnscdoula.com
This work is nurtured through the 2018 Creative Fusion Data Arts Edition, a project of the Cleveland Foundation