September 2017



Resmaa Menakem’s new book My Grandmother’s Hands and the opening reception for Reckoning, a multi-media group art exhibit address topics from Menakem’s book.

Participating Artists: Jordan Hamilton, Sayge Carroll, Adrienne Doyle, Michael Cina, Jeremiah Ellison, Keegan Xavi, Lindsay Spicthal, Chaka Mkali, Shiraz Mukarram, Ashley Fairbanks, Sarah White



My Grandmother’s Hands introduces an alternative view of what we can do to grow beyond our entrenched racialized divide and takes readers through a step-by-step healing process based on the latest neuroscience and somatic healing methods. My Grandmother’s Hands is a call to action for Americans to recognize that racism is not only about the head, but also about the body. To help illustrate this Menakem has collaborated with visual artists and musicians to create a number of different access points for potential readers. In addition to the exhibit at Public Functionary an album (also addressing topics from My Grandmother’s Hands) produced by I Self Devine (Chaka Mkali) featuring a number of prominent Minneapolis musicians will be released at the end of September.



Reckoning is a multi-media exhibit organized by Resmaa Menakem (author) and Mike Bishop (PF co-director) in conjunction with the release of My Grandmother’s Hands. The exhibit was initiated to create a variety of ways for viewers to engage with topics from the book.

The artists included in the exhibit participated in a training led by Menakem about topics from My Grandmother’s Hands including intergenerational trauma, how trauma lives in the body, the individual and collective experience with white body supremacy in America, and how we can work towards healing this racialized divide. The participating artists then created new works based on their trainings as well as included existing work that fit with in the scope of the project. As the artists worked, they communicated with Menakem and Bishop about their thought process and intentions to ensure that they were creating work that was meant to call attention to or heal trauma — not cause more of it.

Reckoning included site specific installations, videos, paintings, soundscapes, photographs, murals and sculptures from artists who vary in experience when it comes to creating work about intergenerational trauma and healing.

In Between the World and Me, Ta-Nehisi Coates exposed the ongoing destruction of the Black
body in America. This trauma doesn’t just affect African American bodies. White American bodies suffer their own historical trauma as well. We ALL need to recognize this trauma, metabolize it, work through it, and grow up out of it. Only in this way will we heal our bodies, our families, and the social body of our nation.



Above: Ashley Fairbanks, This is a prairie, site specific installation, 2017

Photos courtesy of Resmaa Menakem