Broken Boxes Podcast is an interview format podcast which centers Indigenous artists, activist focused artists, Queer artists, women identifying artists, artists of color and mixed/lost/stolen heritage artists. Through conversation, each featured artist is invited to share insight, story and their process. This project counteracts the isolation that is often created for artists by our contemporary fetish culture. This podcast platform allows for the artist to speak in their words, about their ideas.
BROKEN BOXES: PROJECT INTENTION SETTINGS
The intention of the Broken Boxes podcast project and any accompanying text, events or exhibitions is to center Indigenous artists, activist focused artists, Queer/Trans/NonBinary artists, women identifying artists, artists of color and mixed/lost/stolen heritage artists. This project does not support or promote any one human experience above of or instead of any other, and the approach is to engage in alliance through sharing experience of the artist's process, unfolding all the layers it takes to make each artist a unique creative force. Focusing on the complexity of existence as the beauty of existence, this project explores the points of intersection we all share as intricate human beings and humbly strives to find viable approaches to move forward and see each other in ways that may promote safe space, healing and solidarity.
At all times consideration and respect is taken for the featured artist, their work, their story and their self identification processing. This project centers artists whose stories are complex, nonlinear and multifaceted, artists who have narratives that challenge a society's predetermination of them. This project acknowledges that there are multiple layers of trauma to work through in relationship to existing in the in-between spaces of an oppressive society, and this project focuses to respect that vulnerability. With this in mind the project's aim is to hold safe space for artists to archive their stories, and to provide a platform for them to speak about their work and lives without any imposed narrative, or proposed approach to format. The space developed for sharing in this way has the goal to also provide insight and inspirations to those engaging in the project as listener/viewer, contributing support cognition for their own existence and contributing to less isolation, anxiety and hesitation when working through the daily deconstructions of an oppressive patriarchal society.
BROKEN BOXES: PODCAST FORMAT
By story and insight delivered in the artists own words, the listener finds out how to maintain the artwork as the life work and unfolds the real process involved in being an artist. The conversation style interview format brings up content which includes; the artist's process in creating their work, self care, how culture plays a role in the work, how art is a tool for affecting change, how the artist must balance personal and professional objectives, how funding for the work must be considered, and how to engage in the large amount of non-art work that is required to sustain life as an artist today. The reciprocal approach to this project gives the listening audience insight, advice and connection, while allowing the featured artist a platform to truly express their views and perspectives on their experience as artist without any restrictions or imposed narrative.
New podcast interviews are released each month, featuring interviews with visual artists of all mediums as well as musicians, activists, DJs, performance artists, community organizers and art collectives.
Broken Boxes Podcast was the recipient of the 2016 Fulcrum Fund Grant through 516 ARTS which was used to pay for shipment of artwork and create a catalog in relationship to the first ever Broken Boxes exhibition.
BROKEN BOXES: ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Ginger Dunnill is a curator, event producer, community organizer, sound artist and mother from Maui, Hawai’i, currently residing in Glorieta, New Mexico. She collaborates with artists globally, creating work that inspires human connection, intersectionality and speaks on social justice. Ginger is the creator of Broken Boxes Podcast, a platform which amplifies Indigenous artists, activist focused artists, Queer artists, women identifying artists, artists of color and lost/stolen heritage artists. She is a founding member of Winter Count, a collective cultivating awareness, respect and protection for land and water and is the AHA Festival of Progressive Arts Visual Arts Coordinator (2013-present). Ginger has organized and produced numerous exhibitions, social engagement projects and cultural programs including the MMIWQT Bead Project (2018) and the cultural program Ancestral Ink: A Symposium Honoring Indigenous Tattoo Traditions at the Santa Fe Art Institute (2019). Ginger has exhibited her collaborative works at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY (2018), All My Relations Gallery, MN (2018), Cooley Art Gallery, OR (2017) and at Saatchi Gallery, London (2019), among others. Ginger is the recipient of the Andy Warhol Foundation's Fulcrum Fund Award (2016) and holds a BFA in Theater Arts from San Francisco State University.
"I recognize my own story is a very broken one and I am learning everyday how to be a better human. I want to be clear that my work with Broken Boxes is not asserting to take up any space that is not mine personally to hold. I stake no claim myself as a public voice for any Indigenous, Queer, Femme and POC cultures or communities who are represented through the Broken Boxes project. I do not assert ownership of any work or ideas in relationship to identity and struggle of those represented through the Broken Boxes project. I do not assert to claim any space other than that of amplifier for those who I am able to support through this project. I do not assert to speak on behalf of my own community and even my own family from my homeland in Hawai'i. I am in no way asserting to be a representative to that place through any work I do as I carry no colonial authenticity representation to prove my worth to anyone who may come after me in a harmful way around my relationship to place or identity. As an individual, I will continue to step aside and provide a platform in any instance that another individual needs to amplify the voice for their community or to share their ideas and work. The work of the Broken Boxes project aims to archive our stories as collective radical and vibrant human beings who are aligning through the intersection of resisting contemporary colonization and patriarchy. I am humbled by the opportunity to share the complex stories of people who are survivors of isolation, trauma and anxiety and to also share the stories of those who are grounded in their identity and work in a way many of us today are not safe or able to be. The work approached in the Broken Boxes project aims to provide some type of recognition for the in-between places where we all may connect, find relationship to each other, find solidarity and heal." -Ginger Dunnill