Alisha B. Wormsley: We Live
January 1–June 18, 2017
In Carpenter’s film, a race of aliens disguised as humans take over the planet. Using mass media and normalization tactics, the aliens manipulate, dominate, and police the human race. An underground resistance creates glasses that enable humans to see who the aliens are, ultimately leading to the destruction of their system of mind control. In We Live, Wormsley re-imagines this fictional story for our current political moment: “In this world the glasses are used to promote fear and control. The children can see beyond this—they can use other forms of connection and centered thinking to change course. Resistance grows through a change in perception. A shift is happening.” Wormsley believes that there is something innate in the human spirit that drives us to protect this planet and its inhabitants. See short documentary about We Live.
is a collaboration between The Warhol, BOOM Concepts (a creative hub for artists to incubate ideas), and the North Side printmaking studio Artists Image Resource (AIR). Activist Print is inspired by the history of artists using silkscreen and print-based media to raise awareness of contemporary issues and inspire change.
The series started in 2016 with three Pittsburgh artists, Bekezela Mguni, Paradise Gray, and Alisha B. Wormsley, invited to create socially and politically inspired print work to be exhibited on the windows of the Rosa Villa, a building across the street from The Warhol. The museum was given the Rosa Villa property and has used the facade of the building for public artworks while working on a plan to rehabilitate the site. Project leader and artist D.S. Kinsel launched the project with the installation What They Say, What They Said on the Rosa Villa facade.