Mettle Detection

Installation and events
Kala Art Institute Gallery

Installation as glowing stage for various actions designed to improve people’s “mettle” and feelings of safety, post-election and post-Ghost Ship fire. This project encouraged participants to shed fear and feel more in control of their lives and emotions in multiple forms.

Actions in the space included a youth journalism podcast event about the fire, an internet privacy/safety for activists workshop, a self-defense video shoot, and numerous “safety selfies” on yellow paper. The space was bookended by 2 large illustrated prints of Kala’s 2 closest fire stations; 2 strong boxes in dreamy, inviting environments to convey calm, courage, protection and hope.

Print Public Fellowship Exhibition, Mayumi Hamanaka, curator