Author: Eric Avery
Originally from Topeka, KS, Eric Avery (they/them) is a reparationist, cultural organizer, + curious queer creative currently based in Minneapolis, MN. They work across the Midwest to connect communities of color to land, food, creativity, and culture in an effort to heal from the past and build our shared future. Avery has worked as a freelance artist/designer across the United States since 2006, and earned an MFA in interdisciplinary performance from Towson University in 2013. Their creative practice has utilized: puppets, buildings, food, improvisation, song, installation, participation, travel, humor, time, imagination, algorithms, honesty, and tape. Avery’s dedication to relationship-centered work has put them in collaboration with/inside: non-profits, municipalities, social service agencies, universities, farms, community centers, prisons, and houses. Avery’s current creative practice aims to reshape neighborhoods, homes, and lives through community-based development, cooperative economics, and raising critical consciousness through liberatory learning. Avery’s intersectional feminist approach is largely informed by the experience of living in a queer black body in a society at odds with both of those identities.