Monica Sheets is installing a large-scale neon sign created in collaboration with Ne-Art Custom Neon in Northeast Minneapolis on the Soap Factory’s roof. The text – “collectively we support your autonomy” – is inspired by the participatory art projects she has previously initiated, offering a reflection of and comment on the relationships between artist, participant, artwork and audience.
Monica Edwards Larson / Sister Black (Bike) Press’s project Poetry of Resistance & Change consists of two parts; a temporary installation of letterpress printed poetry cards, and a Poetry reading and DIY printing event, using the mobile bicycle press, at the Soap Factory.
The Soap Factory presents Rethinking Public Spaces Project The Wall by Leila Awadallah, Lamia Abukhadra, and Martin Gonzales. Abukhadra, Awadallah, and Gonzales hope to ultimately convey that a concrete or metal facade is just that: a facade. A wall can divide and negatively define communities, landscapes, ecologies and livelihoods, but it can and will be dismantled by the subversive acts of our community.
This summer Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) will build on the momentum they’ve created over the last 3 years around the celebration of Black August by combining the respective placemaking and art-based engagement skill sets of JXTA’s Public Arts, Tactical, and Environmental Design studios; using these skills to bring 2017 Black August programming outdoors on the intersection of Emerson and West Broadway Avenues in North Minneapolis.
Mizna and The Soap Factory will present a mesmerizing 10-foot-round sculpture by Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri, 'Alien Technology 2'
Birthed by post-election funk, Bleed & Burn is a catalytic flag-making exhibition/action. This exhibition is a response to the crass, misogyny, racism, xenophobia, and other base instincts that got expressed during the election, and are now exemplified in the president-elect and his cabinet of horrors.
History collides with the future in a new suite of projects from the Labor Camp. Three Factory A solo exhibition as part of Piotr Szyhalski's ongoing project, Labor Camp. Pieces presents a cohesive set of interventions that activates the Soap Factory, highlighting its unique features as a place of both industrial and art production. Working with materials ranging from asphalt paper, salt and insulation foam to prints, objects, video projections and generative sound structures, Szyhalski has constructed a complex network of ideas connecting poetics and politics.