ARTIST STATEMENT The culture work I engage in is wholly dedicated to community and deeply rooted in a practice of drawing out people’s agency through facilitated moments applying the expressive arts. I am compelled to share the expressive arts in community simply because I know very intimately how therapeutic and empowering engaging with the expressive arts has been for my self-determinism and mental health. I now seek to do this applying community models. I have come to understand that to be an “artist” engaged in community is to work, listening deeply, to support community building. Artists must acknowledge they are community members with particular skill sets that can be useful to the process of manifesting community solutions – especially in visioning new possibilities. This takes an “artist” from simply making art to co-creating culture in community… a culture worker 😉
XPLICIT* BIO A near-20 year settler-resident of Massachuset and Wompanoag territories – the so-called greater Boston area – Pampi is a darker skinned gender non-conforming second genx casteD Bengali (S. Asian) settler who acknowledges their complicity in erasing people who may identify as Afro and Asian and continued participation in anti-black anti-Dalit and anti-indigenous infrastructures benefiting from so-called US birth priveleges and middle class upbringing which allowed them access to matriculation from a recognized magnet public HS and an elite engineering school, among much other support. They have protectionist living parents who don’t understand them but adore them. They have endured childhood and workplace bullying, domestic and sexual violence, and struggle with mental and physical illness. Pampi is committed to channeling whatever resources they have access to for visioning with communities in love and liberation, breaking the numbing isolation that too is genocide. As a culture worker who flourishes the intersection of culture, social justice, healing and education, they develop community-centered art that aims to release creative potential and drive collective change-making.
*I’m modifying my bio to include positionality. I usually address this in person at workshop but it’s becoming clear to me that as organizers must be explicit each and every time we are being visible. It makes sense: as we are learning, how we present ourselves should reflect that consciousness. If I am centering liberation work I need to present my identities as openly as possible.
I have also developing a series of self-care in community expressive arts workshops that is named Xplicit Care