Museum Out/Loud: Sacred and Queer


October 19, 2017

Presented in support of the ZMA's exhibition Medium, this presentation explored religious practices born out of the African diaspora, including Ifa from Yoruban tradition, and the resurgence of 19th-century Spiritualism. They considered how such practices allow for fluid gender identities and sexuality, and explore the ways participants find power outside heteronormative narratives.

Moderator: Dr. Brett Esaki, Georgia State University
Speakers: Lacey Prpić Hedtke, Vincent Mosley, Nayasia Coleman

The Museum Out/Loud series (formally known as MARBOut) is a part of LGBTQ History Month and seeks to unearth the stories and history of LGBTQ+ communities. It is presented annually by KSU’s LGBTQ Student Programs, the Zuckerman Museum of Art, and the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books.


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About the Speakers

Dr. Brett Esaki is an Assistant Professor of American Religions at Georgia State University. He researches how American racial minorities creatively use religion and art to preserve, reinvent, and discover a sense of their full humanity. He specializes in intersections of Asian Americans and African Americans in areas of spirituality, popular culture, and comprehensive sustainability. His book, Enfolding Silence: The Transformation of Japanese American Religion and Art under Oppression, explores the history of Japanese Americans preserving and hybridizing their religious traditions through art through the use of silence. His current research is on the relationship of spirituality and radical politics for Asian Americans, including through hip hop and interracial coalitions. 

Lacey Prpić Hedtke is a 19th-century photographer, librarian, public artist, auctioneer and medium in Minneapolis, MN. She got involved with the religion of Spiritualism through the First Spiritualist Church of Salem in Salem, MA, and trained to be a medium and learned the laying on of hands spiritual healing at the Greater Boston Church of Spiritualism in Watertown, MA. Prpić Hedtke has extensively researched the history of Spiritualism in Minnesota, and has lectured on the topic and has presented art about Spiritualism at the Minnesota Historical Society, the American Swedish Institute, and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She published We Believe in Infinite Intelligence: A 21st Century Guide to Spiritualism in 2016, and Ectoplasm Selfies: DIY Ritual in the Age of Social Mediums with Maria Molteni in 2017. In 2017 she opened The Future in the Witch District of South Minneapolis--a project and residency space with a small retail storefront that acts as a community center for witches and Spiritualists. Prpić Hedtke works with 19th-century photographic processes and in public art using photography--gifting and posting photographs in her neighborhood, exploring the themes of history of place, protection, magic, and remembrance. She creates art for her very immediate community, using house histories, public record, and city directories to create protective photo tearoffs, tintypes and cyanotype banners on telephone poles around Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis. Prpić Hedtke has exhibited at venues including the American Swedish Institute (Minneapolis), Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Flux Factory (Queens), Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Mia (Minneapolis), The DeVos Art Museum (Marquette, MI), Daniel Cooney Fine Art (New York), Center for Contemporary Art (Sacramento), St. Cecelia’s Convent (New York) and Lunder Arts Center (Boston). Prpić Hedtke has been a part of organizing Art Shanty Projects, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre’s MayDay Parade and Festival, The Floating Library, BareBones Halloween Extravaganza, Common Field’s Hand-in-Glove, Constellation, and Twin Cities Zinefest. She holds a BFA in photography from the Lesley University College of Art and Design, an MLIS from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN, and recently was trained and certified as an auctioneer through the World Wide College of Auctioneering in Clear Lake, IA.

Vincent Mosley is a law graduate and former legal research assistant from Savannah Law School with scholarship in the area of property rights in persons during his tenure with Savannah Law Review, specifically presumed property rights in the law regarding women’s bodies and the shaping of sexual assault legislation. He is also a scholastic researcher in world religions, particularly syncretic faiths and their evolution.”

Nayasia Coleman is an activist, actress, and writer that believes art is a platform for activism. A military brat, she was born in NYC but spent most of her childhood in Columbus, GA. Education was her ticket out of South Georgia and onto the destiny she dreamed up for herself. Nayasia has been a part of the Kennesaw State University community since 2008 when she began her undergraduate career at the institution. Before receiving her BS in Integrative Studies with concentrations in Writing and Gender & Women Studies, she served as the Vice-President of the Sigma Alpha chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the National Pan-Hellenic Council. Nayasia currently served as an Program Coordinator and Resource Center manager in LGBTQ Student Programs until November 2017. Her goal is to use her platform as an artist and educator to create change within the community. She has presented at the Summit on Civil and Human Rights and The Women’s Freedom Conference. Nayasia is constantly looking for opportunities to contribute creatively across the campus community.

Left: Stephanie Dowda. I Can See You When I Close My Eyes (detail), 2015. Archival print, edition 1 of 10, 43 × 51. Courtesy of the artist.
Right: Lacey Pripć Hedtke. From the Ectoplasm Selfies Series (detail), 2016-2017, Albumen print on watercolor paper, Courtesy of the artist, in collaboration with Maria Molteni 

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