12 x 12: Cedar-Riverside x Ifrah Mansour
Multimedia poet and installation artist Ifrah Mansour will explore healing within the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood through a traditional Somali hut. Called an aqal, the hut creates a space for the community to reimagine, heal, and reflect on their shared history. This space will also create opportunities for dialogue on the community’s future. This project is also a continuation of Mansour’s “my aqal” series.
Ifrah Mansour is a Somali, refugee, Muslim, multimedia artist, and an educator based in Minnesota. Her artwork explores trauma through the eyes of children to uncover the resiliencies of blacks, Muslims, and refugees. She interweaves poetry, puppetry, films, and installations. Her critically-acclaimed works include, How to Have Fun in a Civil War play, Can I touch it installation, Halima the puppet installation, I am a Refugee poem, and My aqal series. She’s been featured in Middle East Eye, BBC, Vice, OkayAfrica, Star Tribune, and City Pages.