Culture Clash: Hybrid Vigor

Hybrid Vigor is a project by Shanti Hands and Caitlin Abadir-Mullally that looks at loving our mixed-ness and actively correcting the misconception of racial purity. Hybrid Vigor is another term for heterosis — the tendency of a crossbred individual to show qualities superior to those of both parents. We will be talking about the language around hybridity, the creation of new words and how hybridity can be understood and laughed about through interactions with other mixed bodies.

The event at Women’s Center for Creative Work will be a workshop of sorts with physical action, group conversations and a screening of the film Hybrid Vigor. The film features mixed folx engaging in conversation about hybridity, complexity and connection. The film features artists Anais Franco, Kamala Puligandla, Layla Farahani, Georgia Reid, Jackie Lampert, Shanti Hands and Caitlin Abadir-Mullally.

The event is welcome to mixed kids and race mixers.

Culture Clash is a series that began during the residency of Yasmine Diaz. Culture Clash explores how those of us who have grown up in multiple cultures have navigated our way through emerging adulthood, how our intersecting experiences and perspectives have influenced our work and understanding of the world we live in. To propose a Culture Clash discussion or program, write to info@wccw.us.

Caitlin Abadir-Mullally is an installation artist based in Los Angeles. She works in sculpture, video, performance and relationship building. She is invested in designing spaces for questioning and connection. She has organized a number of curatorial projects in white cubes, domestic spaces and motel rooms. In her practice, Caitlin is digging through her personal archive to make sense of her mixed identity as a McEgyptian Brat. Coptic Babe Coptic Dyke is a project heavily based in understanding the culture of Coptic Orthodox Egyptians and how value systems travel. She’s interested in what parts of a culture remain as immigrants are white-washed to fit the United States, and her participation in that erasure. Caitlin likes playing cards and driving fast.

Shanti is an animator and video maker. She likes to make things, and hopefully things that mean something.

Accessibility information for this event: WCCW has a 36” wide ramp at our front entrance and a stairway with 8 steps and a rail. There are 2 gender neutral restrooms. One restroom is wheelchair accessible, with a handrail. We provide scent free soaps and encourage guests to attend our events scent free. If you require ASL interpretation, CART, interpretation for a language other than English, supervised childcare, or have any other access needs or questions, please contact info@wccw.us at least two weeks in advance. It is our practice to do everything we can to create a safe and accessible space.