Politically Resistant Programming Conversation

Field Conversation #1

The recording of Common Field’s first Politically Resistant Programming Conversation is now archived on our Vimeo channel:

Please join Common Field on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 1 pm PT | 2 pm MT | 3 pm CT | 4 pm ET for our first 90 minute online conversation on Politically Resistant Programming.

In the wake of the inauguration, nearly fifty Common Field members across the nation responded to our call to action. Organizations and organizers shared their and programs of political resistance, participation in mass actions, and statements of solidarity. As we enter the fourth month of the current regime, the organizing in our field has only intensified.

Common Field wants know; how are you doing these days? Are you finding your work changing under this political climate? Do the challenges look different now than before? What are the inspirations you have found as you organize politically? What kind of support do you need from each other to continue this work? How can we connect deeper and build a national vision of resistance?

Common Field members Gelare Khoshgozaran گلاره خوشگذران of Contemp+orary (online), Kemi Ilesanmi of The Laundromat Project (Harlem, New York), and Carol Zou of Tran.lation at Vickery Meadow (Dallas, Texas) have generously agreed to lead this first conversation of this new series. The conversation is moderated by Annie Shaw, Common Field Membership and Media Coordinator.

Your participation is crucial to this conversation. RSVP here by Sunday, April 16 to receive Zoom video conference details. We will also be recording the call and publishing it online afterwards.


Kemi Ilesanmi is the Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which brings arts, artists, and arts programming into local coinops to amplify the creativity that already exists within communities. With over 15 years experience in the cultural arena, she is inspired by the immense possibilities for joy and social impact at the intersection of arts and community. Prior to joining The LP, she was Director of Grants and Services at Creative Capital Foundation where she supported the work of American artists making adventurous new work. From 1998-2004, she was a visual arts curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. While there, she organized several exhibitions, including The Squared Circle: Boxing in Contemporary Art, and ran the visual arts residency program. She is holds a MPA from New York University and a BA from Smith College. She is also an alumna of the Coro Leadership New York and Arts Leadership Institute programs.

Gelare Khoshgozaran گلاره خوشگذران is an interdisciplinary artist, writer and translator working across the mediums of video, performance, installation and writing. Born and raised in Tehran and living in Los Angeles, she envisions the city as an imaginary space between asylum as “the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee” and the more dated meaning of the word, “an institution offering shelter and support to people who are mentally ill.” Her work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at the Queens Museum of Art, Museo Ex-Teresa Arte Actual, Malmö Konsthall, LACE, The LA Municipal Art Gallery, Southern Exposure, Human Resources, Interstate Projects and Thomas Erben Gallery, among others. Gelare was the recipient of the 2015 California Community Foundation Fellowship for Visual Artists, the 2015 Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, and the 2016 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Award for Emerging Artists. Her writings have been published in the Brooklyn Rail, Parkett, Temporary Art Review, tripwire, Jadaliyya, The Enemy, Ajam Media Collective and Shangri La: Imagined Cities exhibition catalog among many other publications. She is the co-founder and editor of

Carol Zou is a Texangelena by way of the Chinese diaspora. Carol is the current project manager/artist-in-residence for Trans.lation, an arts and cultural platform initiated by Rick Lowe and commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center, located in the immigrant, refugee, African American, and Latinx neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Texas. Through resident-led councils, resident-taught workshops, professional development, and pop-up exhibitions, Carol facilitates a space of cultural freedom and self-organization among a diverse and polylingual community. Carol organized the art collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective ranging from 20 to 500 crafters that creates public art through crowdsourced, participatory models. She is also a founder of Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state alliance of creative workers of color that highlights the need for diversity in the creative fields.