Halima Afi Cassells and Shanna Merola

Halima Cassells is an award-winning interdisciplinary artist, mom, and an avid gardener with deep roots in Waawiiyaataanong/ Detroit. Cassells’ work is located at the intersection of interactive installation, visual art, and community building. She has exhibited and presented widely, including at: the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art, MOCAD, the Wright Museum, and the Detroit Institute of Arts. Shanna Merola is a visual artist, photojournalist, and legal worker. In addition to her studio practice, she has been a human rights observer during political uprisings across the country – from the struggle for water rights in Detroit and Flint, Michigan, to the frontlines of Ferguson, MO and Standing Rock, ND. Her collages and constructed landscapes are informed by these events. Merola lives in Detroit, MI where she facilitates Know-Your-Rights workshops and coordinates legal support for grassroots organizations through the National Lawyers Guild.

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