In My Hands

 

My eyes caught him from across the room’

We hadn’t seen him (each other) in almost 8 years

Both of us ventured off and made lives

 

Our bodies moved on their own towards each other

As if they instinctively knew

It was that time again

 

Hands grabbed my friend, my brother

His hands mimicking what mine were doing

Laughter, smiles and emotions rushed through

 

A commencement reunion of memories and joy

We felt his heart beating through his whole body

sure enough he could feel mine as well

Reunited with my brother, In my hands

 

By: Ahmari Davis

Murales Lian’s artwork takes a critical view of social, political and cultural issues while celebrating struggle and mutual aid. Often referencing current issues, his work explores the varying relationships between public/private space and fine art. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the refugee crisis, prisoner aid and feminist solidarity, his work reproduces familiar visual and aural signs, arranging them into new conceptually layered murals. While his public work is mostly grand scale pieces, he also enjoys the process inherent in small scale private commissions and in both cases his methodology is consistent. When working in public spaces, he tries to incorporate his murals within in the community, so much of public space is usurped from the public, (i.e. by advertising, bad city planning, propaganda etc.) and the goal of his artwork is to be part of the public sphere, to promote public discourse and make the Communities voice heard. This can be translated into workshops, visual images of the area being represented in the murals or simply communicating with a neighborhood before starting a piece.

This summer, Flint Repertory Theatre is partnering with the Flint Public Art Project to present FLINT MURAL PLAYS. Flint Rep has commissioned 25 new micro audio plays from some of the most exciting playwrights in the country, each play corresponding with a different mural located around the city of Flint.

 

The FLINT MURAL PLAYS will feature new audio plays from Mando Alvarado (Post No Bills), Hunter Bell (Title of Show) & Ebony Vines, Kyle Clark, singer-songwriter “Danielle Ate The Sandwich”, Destiny Dunn, Rebecca Gilman (Spinning Into Butter), Derek Gregor & Selda Sahin (GRIND), Lauren Gunderson (I and You), Harvey, Kenn Hopkins Jr., Greg Kotis (Urinetown), Jenni Lamb, Craig Lucas (Prelude to a Kiss, Light in the Piazza), Douglas Lyons (Chicken and Biscuits), Leah Maddrie, Alex Moggridge (The Boatman), Eliana Pipes, Emilio Rodriguez, Nandita Shenoy (Washer/Dryer), Harrison David Rivers (Broadbend, Arkansas), Josh Wilder (Wrong River,) as well as University of Michigan Flint student playwrights Taylor Boes, David Guster, Olivia Maxwell-Cook, Andrea Orpinel and Enrique Vargas.

 

The 25 short audio plays will be available for audience members to listen to for free on the PixelStix mobile app on their phone or listening device as they visit the murals around Flint from June 5 through August 31 as well as online at FlintRep.org. The project will also feature free outdoor community events all around the city with guided walking/trolley tours and live performances.

 

JUNE 5 – AUGUST 31 – Flint Mural Plays available to listen to on PixelStix mobile app, listening devices and Flint Rep website.

SATURDAY, JUNE 5, 12:00pm – Downtown Neighborhood Event (Blackstone’s Alley, Downtown)

SATURDAY, JUNE 12, 12:00pm – Carriage Town Neighborhood Event (Flint Hard Cider Company, Carriage Town)

SATURDAY, JUNE 19, 12:00pm – North Side Neighborhood Event (MLK Mural, North Side

SATURDAY, JUNE 26, 12:00pm – East Side Neighborhood Event (Latinx Center, East Side)