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Director’s Dialogue on Art and Social Change

Featuring Hope Ginsburg, Cadine Navarro, and Anaïs Duplan
Moderated by Dora Kamau

A collage of four headshots of the speakers featured in this talk

Join artists Hope Ginsburg, Cadine Navarro, and Anaïs Duplan for this year’s Director’s Dialogue—the culmination of our new meditation series, Breathe.

For the monthlong series Breathe, programmed in conjunction with the exhibition Meditation Ocean, our featured artists each led two meditation sessions connecting breath, body, environment, and creativity. The artists will gather in our Film/Video Theater to reflect on the series and the ways meditation and breathing techniques influence their respective artistic practices and connect them to the earth. The conversation is moderated by Dora Kamau, a meditation artist and teacher for the Headspace app.

A Q&A with the artists follows the talk. Can’t make it in person? The event also streams on this page, and online viewers can text a question via the Wex hotline at  (614) 813-3416.

Left to right: Hope Ginsburg, photo: Terry Brown; Cadine Navarro, photo: Sophie Ansel; Anaïs Duplan, photo: Ally Caple; Dora Kamau, photo: Ash Jones.

More about the Director's Dialogue

Since 2006, the center's annual Director's Dialogues have explored social justice, identity politics, climate change, and health care, among other issues, with such leading cultural and academic figures as Hanif Abdurraqib, Camae Ayewa (Moor Mother), Chinonye Chukwu, Ann Hamilton, Wil Haygood, Cameron Granger, Kerry James Marshall, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Jason Moran, Anna Deavere Smith, Lynne Tillman, and Patricia Williams.

More about the speakers

Hope Ginsburg chevron-down chevron-up

Hope Ginsburg creates long-term, interdisciplinary projects that prioritize experiential learning and collaboration. Her recent work, Meditation Ocean, explores generative connections between meditation and the climate crisis. Ginsburg has exhibited internationally at venues including MoMA PS1, MASS MoCA, Baltimore Museum of Art, SculptureCenter in New York, and Berlin’s KW Institute for Contemporary Art, among others. Her projects have received support from Women & Philanthropy at The Ohio State University, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. She is the recipient of a Wexner Center Artist Residency Award, a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship, and an Art Matters Foundation Grant. A professor at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Ginsburg lives and works in Richmond, VA. Learn more on Ginsburg’s website.

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Anaïs Duplan is a trans* poet, curator, and artist. His book of essays, Blackspace: On the Poetics of an Afrofuture, was published by Black Ocean in 2022. He is a professor of postcolonial literature at Bennington College and the recipient of a 2022 Whiting Award in Nonfiction. In 2016, Duplan founded the Center for Afrofuturist Studies, a residency program for artists of color based at Iowa City’s artist-run organization Public Space One. Learn more on Duplan’s website.

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Cadine Navarro is a tricultural artist, designer, and teacher. Born and raised in Kobe, Japan, by an American mother and French father, she has found home in seven countries across three continents. Experiencing a diversity of worldviews through people, cultures, traditions, rituals, foods, landscapes, Navarro’s story is increasingly shaped by the subtle, including nuances of energy, thought, and sound. She seeks connections between humans and other-than-humans. This is a recurring theme and driving force behind initiatives that connect her work to persons and places. She has exhibited her work internationally (primarily Europe and North America) since 2004. Learn more on Navarro’s website.

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As a mindfulness artist with a background in psychology and psychiatric nursing, Dora Kamau guides individuals in exploring different expressions of presence. Her mindfulness journey began over 10 years ago as part of her search for inner peace and harmony. Since then, she has led workshops, events, and retreats to create sacred, safe spaces for healing and transformation. Her love for the human psyche, science, and ancient healing practices informs her teachings and techniques. Kamau is also a meditation teacher at Headspace, a leading mindfulness and meditation app that works to make the world a happier and healthier place. Learn more on Kamau’s website.

The Wexner Center’s Director’s Dialogues are made possible in part by a lead endowment gift from an anonymous donor.

American Electric Power Foundation
Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
Big Lots Foundation

The Ohio State University Office of Outreach & Engagement
Ohio Arts Council
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
State Farm

Mike and Paige Crane

Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
National Endowment for the Arts
Ohio Arts Council
L Brands Foundation
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Larry and Donna James
Lisa Barton
Johanna DeStefano
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


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