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Oregon!Two things!… I’ll be traveling to Astoria on Wednesday and to Bend on Thursday to photograph for the Urban League of Portland’s State of Black Oregon.Are you there? Do you know anyone there? Do you know any people of African descent there we should meet?If enough people are interested I might do a tea or dinner meetup in both places. Let me know! If you know someone I should meet, who might be interested in being photographed, or might just like to have tea or something .. write me at theblackportlanders@gmail.com. 
Dates:9/17 - Astoria OR9/18 - 9/19 - Bend ORAlso, have you checked out the just launched State of Black Oregon tumblr site at stateofblackoregon.org? You can follow the travels and images from The State of Black Oregon there as well. Photographs are now up from last month’s trip to Astoria.Get busy!- Intisar Abioto

Oregon!
Two things!

… I’ll be traveling to Astoria on Wednesday and to Bend on Thursday to photograph for the Urban League of Portland’s State of Black Oregon.
Are you there? Do you know anyone there? Do you know any people of African descent there we should meet?
If enough people are interested I might do a tea or dinner meetup in both places. Let me know! If you know someone I should meet, who might be interested in being photographed, or might just like to have tea or something .. write me at theblackportlanders@gmail.com. 

Dates:
9/17 - Astoria OR
9/18 - 9/19 - Bend OR

Also, have you checked out the just launched State of Black Oregon tumblr site at stateofblackoregon.org? You can follow the travels and images from The State of Black Oregon there as well. Photographs are now up from last month’s trip to Astoria.

Get busy!

- Intisar Abioto

Post-Master Class Lunch with Mamela Nyamza, 
Visiting Choreographer, Time-Based Arts Festival 2014 
From Cape Town, South Africa


Mamela Nyamza (top) is a visiting choreographer for Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Art Fest 2014. A dancer, choreographer, teacher and activist, Nyamza will be in town for the duration of the ten-day festival. I took her masterclass on Sunday and afterwards went for lunch with her and some of the other artists. 

One thing both her and fellow visiting choreographer Meryem Jazouli noted was how wonderful it was to come to a festival and teach rather than perform. Rather than rushing off post-performance both visiting choreographers will be here for the full duration of the 10-day festival - experiencing the works of other artists, taking workshops, and engaging in conversation. This makes sense in my mind. It the enriches the culture and experience of the festival for everyone. It opens up time… Because of this I got to sit down with all of these amazing artists after Mamela’s master class in an unscripted fashion. So much important happens in the interstitial! Lovely.  
TBA Festival is September 11–21, 2014. Find more about Mamela at pica.org/artists/mamela-nyamza/ 

© Intisar Abioto

VaughnFrom Chicago, ILPortlander for 1 yearThis is my beautiful friend Vaughn at Thursday’s filled to capacity THEESatisfaction show at the opening of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Arts Festival 2014.I’ve been shooting some events for this ten-day arts festival.. As creatives, we are so often producing, producing, producing. But we also need to experience, listen, question, rest, engage, receive … among other things. Don’t we all? Speaking personally, it’s been such a gift to be a spectator and participant through the lens of the camera. To be immersed in the works, conversations, wanderings, questionings, and presence of artists across mediums… who are creating locally, nationally, and internationally. And to experience it here in Portland. I needed this, sorely. Thank you, PICA! I’ll be sharing more of the week’s findings here. TBA Fest continues until Sept. 21. Get out if you can!" PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Installations and live performances fill out theaters, temporary galleries, and unexpected public spaces throughout Portland, activating the city with art and energy. From morning workshops to afternoon salons and talks, to evening shows and late-night happenings, TBA is an all-hours forum for new ideas and experiences.” - pica.org© Intisar Abioto

Vaughn
From Chicago, IL
Portlander for 1 year

This is my beautiful friend Vaughn at Thursday’s filled to capacity THEESatisfaction show at the opening of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s Time-Based Arts Festival 2014.

I’ve been shooting some events for this ten-day arts festival.. As creatives, we are so often producing, producing, producing. But we also need to experience, listen, question, rest, engage, receive … among other things. Don’t we all? Speaking personally, it’s been such a gift to be a spectator and participant through the lens of the camera. To be immersed in the works, conversations, wanderings, questionings, and presence of artists across mediums… who are creating locally, nationally, and internationally. And to experience it here in Portland. I needed this, sorely. Thank you, PICA! I’ll be sharing more of the week’s findings here. TBA Fest continues until Sept. 21. Get out if you can!

PICA’s annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA) draws artists from across the country and around the globe for a convergence of contemporary performance and visual art. Installations and live performances fill out theaters, temporary galleries, and unexpected public spaces throughout Portland, activating the city with art and energy. From morning workshops to afternoon salons and talks, to evening shows and late-night happenings, TBA is an all-hours forum for new ideas and experiences.” - pica.org

© Intisar Abioto


Time-Based Arts Festival Opening Night with THEESatisfaction, THE WORKS, 9/11/14

… Meryem Jazouli, Visiting Choreographer, Casablanca Morocco
… Mamela Nyamza, Visiting Choreographer, Cape Town South Africa
… Keyon Gaskin, PDX-based Choreographer.. Dancer in Tahni Holt’s Duet Love
… Chanticleer Tru, Musician, Performance Artist, PDX
… DJ Sappho, PDX-Based
… Donovan Edwards, Vocalist, PDX
… Mursi Layne, DJ, Brooklyn
… THEESat - Stasia Irons & Catherine Harris-White.. Brooklyn & SEA, respectively

© Intisar Abioto

Willie D. Green Sr.
Portland native

I met Mr. Green last month while photographing for the Vanport Multimedia Project. As a child he remembers seeing the waters break from the window of his family’s Vanport home on Memorial Day 1948. The foundation of much of Portland’s current Black population lived in Vanport. During WWII Black people came to Oregon from around the country - particularly the south - to work in the Kaiser shipyards. Before the flood, Vanport was Oregon’s second largest city and the largest WWII federal housing project in the United States. The Vanport Multimedia Project is inviting the community to join in a collective effort to capture the memories of those who lived there and to explore the enduring impact of this chapter in Oregon’s history. For more information about Vanport and the experiences of those who lived there find and follow the Vanport Multimedia Project at vanportmultimediaproject.tumblr.com/


©
 Intisar Abioto

RJ
From Kansas City, MO
Portlander since 2012

Those waves. Those eyes.

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LucPortlander for 7 yearsLuc laughing .. again. - At Critical Mascara at THE WORKS.Time-Based Arts Festival. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art© Intisar Abioto

Luc
Portlander for 7 years

Luc laughing .. again. 
- At Critical Mascara at THE WORKS.

Time-Based Arts Festival. Portland Institute for Contemporary Art
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Gerrin
From Guthrie, OK
Portlander for 3 years

Everything. Everything. Everything about this. This human killed it last night at Time-Based Arts Festival’s Critical Mascara. So many great images of Gerrin. So hard to choose. Beaut and beaut and beaut. 

© Intisar Abioto

Colin
From Kansas City, MO
Portlander for 2 years

At Critical Mascara at THE WORKS
Portland Institute for Contemporary Art’s  Time-Based Arts Fest, 2014

Donovan Edwards
From Nassau, Bahamas
Portlander for 6 years

This man. This place. This Ace. Got to hang out with the illustrious Donovan Edwards as he MC’ed last night’s Time-Based Arts Fest Meet & Greet with THEESatisfaction. He is a more than talented vocalist himself. More on that soon.. Also got to meet Melbourne-based artist Luke George. The U.S. premiere of his choreographic experiment, Not About Face, is this week at TBA. 

- On TBA eve at THEESATISFACTION Meet & Greet .. at Ace Hotel.

© Intisar Abioto
#TheBlackPortlanders #BLKPDX #PDXed

THEESatisfaction
In Portland tonight!
Performing at Opening Night of TBA 2014

Y’all. Let’s welcome these queens and Pacific Northwest/Seattle-founded creatrixes. Come out to their free performance for the start of PICA’s Time Based Arts Fest 2014. I caught them last night at their meet and greet at the Ace Hotel lobby. Don’t miss them today.

THEESatisfaction at Opening Night at TBA, 9/11/14
The Works at Fashion Tech, 2010 SE 8th Ave
10:30 PM
http://pica.org/event/theesatisfaction/

"THEESatisfaction are artists that blend elements of hip-hop, electronic, and dance. They’re positive energy. Black energy, black women leaping oceans and continents at a single bound. With positive strength of purpose. Even crowds with nary a right foot between them find the steps when faced with THEESat’s unorthodox but right-on-time rhythms. Synchronized, sinewy and sensuous, the regal Stas and Cat channel the higher, whipping like waves of space-borne radiation onstage, leaving a trail of glowing observers abuzz like Geiger counters. THEESatisfaction, the Queens Supreme. Bring yourself!"

© Intisar Abioto

AleeshaNative Astorian Aleesha is a native Astorian. She is tri-racial, of black, white, and Japanese heritage. I “met” her by phone several weeks ago as I was seeking information on Astoria’s Black presence. Having not been to Astoria before, I had no context or leads on who to talk to or what a Black presence in Astoria might be like. She was of great help to me. I got the chance to meet and photograph her last Wednesday while in Astoria. Aleesha is a talented jazz vocalist. She also studied communications at Portland State University.

Aleesha
Native Astorian

 Aleesha is a native Astorian. She is tri-racial, of black, white, and Japanese heritage. I “met” her by phone several weeks ago as I was seeking information on Astoria’s Black presence. Having not been to Astoria before, I had no context or leads on who to talk to or what a Black presence in Astoria might be like. She was of great help to me. I got the chance to meet and photograph her last Wednesday while in Astoria. Aleesha is a talented jazz vocalist. She also studied communications at Portland State University.

Daphne 
Astoria, OR
From Torrance CA
Astorian for 3 years

I met Daphne through Aleesha, [pictured above]. Originally from California, she moved to Astoria to raise her daughter. She’d done an internship in Astoria as a teenager and years later decided to move back.

© Intisar Abioto
#BlackAstorians #BlackOregonians #TheStateofBlackOregon

Twilight
Portlander for 3 weeks

I first met Twilight last year this time on Alberta St. 
He was visiting then, on his way to the Rainbow Gathering.
I ran into him downtown this time. 
He read my cards.

© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Jamondria HarrisFrom TexasPortlander for 7 yearsPoet, Writer, Founder of Solar Throat … I traveled up to Seattle last month with Jamondria for a celebration of the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. …Black Portlander in Seattle…© 2014 Intisar Abioto

Jamondria Harris
From Texas
Portlander for 7 years
Poet, Writer, Founder of Solar Throat 

… I traveled up to Seattle last month with Jamondria for a celebration of the life of science fiction author Octavia E. Butler. …Black Portlander in Seattle…

© 2014 Intisar Abioto