Ireashia Bennett

Philosophy

Neighborhood: Washington Park
Racial Justice Issue: Food apartheid

During the RaD Lab + Outside the Walls Fellowship, Ireashia will hone in one the food apartheid, looking specifically at the racist roots of food disparities to illustrate the prevalence of chronic and food-based illnesses in Black communities. With the Chosen Fam Dinner Project in Washington Park, they aim to explore food apartheid and create spaces where neighbors can collectively redefine and reimagine health. They will center the Black, chronically ill, and disabled experience in the shaping of new visions of what health and wellbeing can look like outside of able-bodied, White-centered notions of “health.”

BIO

Ireashia M. Bennett is a Black queer new media artist who communicates complex social issues into accessible formats through media and storytelling. They have produced multimedia essays, short documentaries, and experimental films that center and prioritize Black queer disabled perspectives and realities. With the Chosen Fam Dinner Project in Washington Park, they aim to explore food apartheid and create spaces where neighbors can collectively redefine and reimagine health. They will center the Black, chronically ill, and disabled experience in the shaping of new visions of what health and wellbeing can look like outside of able-bodied, White-centered notions of “health.”

works

Love & Access Virtual Talk Series

February, 2021

The event flyer for the Love & Access Virtual Talk Series features a rectangle of photographs of Viviana Okakpu, Olisaemeka Okakpu, Ireashia M. Bennett, and Chef Fresh Roberson side-by-side at the center. Beneath the photos are the words: Featuring, Chosen Fam Dinner Collective, the dates of the event series is February 27th through March 20th, the time will be 6:30p - 8:00 pm CST; the words at the lower-left of the image reads, "ASL + Live Closed Captions" at the words at the lower-right of the image reads, LINK in Bio!"

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