In June 2020, book artist Felicia Rice completed her most recent work, The Necropolitics of Extraction. This accordion-fold book is made up of one long print (over 17 feet long) commenting on the rapacious aspects of extraction which resolves in a call to action by Rice’s collaborator, UC Santa Cruz Arts Faculty T. J. Demos, who writes in it: “The greatest urgency is to build social movements of mutual aid & collective organizing dedicated to a shared political project of justice & radical equality, on the basis of solidarity—the political form of belonging most opposed to relations of extraction.”
Two months later that book, along with Rice's studio, was destroyed by the wildfires that ravaged the Santa Cruz Mountains. The only extant copies are those that had already found homes in various institutions across the country. Despite this massive loss Rice's work begins anew as Moving Parts Press, her creative home since 1977, begins to rise from the ashes.
Rice’s creative endeavors continue & currently focus on her 30 year editorial work featuring Chicano/a/x artists & writers. Those works are featured in the exhibit, The Califas Legacy Project: The Ancestral Journey/ El Viaje Ancestral, currently on view at the Monterey Museum of Art as part of a greater Monterey Bay Crescent celebration of Latinx art.
Rice's work has always hinged on collaboration & community in order to explore & comment on some of the most tangled issues of our time, from questions surrounding identity to the sustainability of our planet. At this event some of Rice’s closest collaborators, including UCSC Arts Faculty, T.J. Demos & Jennifer González, will join Rice in conversation about her work, the process of collaboration, & the power of artists’ books to fuel our collective imaginations as we work to cultivate futures of social justice.
Moderator: Rachel Nelson, Director, Institute of the Arts & Sciences
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