Harriet Bart was a McKnight Fellow from 2017-2019. During that time, she and collaborator Yu-Wen Wu worked on their project, Leavings/Belongings. Early in Bart’s Fellowship, Irene Hofmann, Director of SITE Santa Fe, visited her studio. She was taken by a small pile of cloth bundles, the nascent beginning of Leavings/Belongings. Asked to be kept informed as the project developed, Bart and Wu were invited in 2018 to exhibit Leavings/Belongings at SITE beginning in mid-February 2020.
Courageous HeArts in Minneapolis
Women from the Somali community gather at Courageous HeArts in South Minneapolis for a Saturday morning bundle-making session. They shared stories and created vibrant personal pieces for the project.
"I want you to know that while I hope to continue to support the work that you are doing that ultimately I have come to see it as a work of healing—as it is also powerfully creating awareness on a larger scale about displacement and its lasting impact on human lives." – Marian Hassan
One of the participants said of her bundle: "I think Somalia is an important place, but we are American also. I hope the children will stop war, stop fighting, just live their life…If there’s war, your back (is against a wall) if there’s peace, you can think about your life, live your life…(in the bundle) Green is life, green is the peace.”
"These bundles, in the Somali culture, you’re supposed to let go…we usually don’t, art is a luxury, it’s a privilege to be able to access art."
"Making things with our hands is human."
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Minneapolis/St Paul are home to the largest community of Somali-born people in North America.
Amherst Wilder Center for Social Healing
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