Layqa Nuna Yawar, The Robeson Paean: Activist, 2020. Wall mural. Courtesy of the artist and Paul Robeson Galleries.
During this conversation Newark based artist Layqa Nuna Yawar will discuss how he sees murals as a socially engaged process as well as the inspiration for his mural series The Robeson Paean, a series commemorating the life and legacy of artist-activist Paul Robeson.
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Layqa Nuna Yawar was born in Cuenca, Ecuador and lives in Newark, New Jersey. Working in the space between migrant alienation and belonging, he makes work on paper, canvas and sculpture as well as large–scale murals that are the result of a socially engaged process; all of which aims to amplify the silenced narratives of people of color and migrant communities across the world. His work examines the power that public and representational art have in challenging injustice, racism and xenophobia. This form of collective artmaking is part of a liberation struggle that helps celebrate and publicly reclaim diasporic narratives as well as imagine a better and brighter future. Layqa received a B.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University and his art can be found on walls, museums and galleries across the world. He has curated and produced mural projects with various city administrations, art programs and private organizations in the USA and abroad.