Reception: Friday, May 5 | 5:30-7:30 pm
The Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE Salem
During their residency, Kai River Blevins will be working on a chapbook exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, mental health, and whiteness. Kai uses a mixture of traditional and experimental syntax and forms to manifest the critical perspectives which are often silenced by our society. Their work examines how we produce knowledge, construct/interpret our realities, (re)create and resist privilege and oppression, and negotiate (our) morals through the body. Kai will also be teaching a community workshop engaging gender and sexuality norms through creative writing.
Kai also writes personal essays, political commentary, advice articles for LGBTQ individuals and their loved ones, and conducts academic research in the field of sociology. Their work has been featured at Voicemail Poems, pnk prl, My Kid Is Gay, Our Queer Stories, Oregon Socialist Renewal, and KMUZ Community Radio. In addition to their writing, they often facilitate trainings and workshops around LGBTQ issues and activism at venues ranging from local community and faith centers to nationwide conferences
Salem Art Association exhibitions are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm.