Artist-run residency and project space in Thomas, WV
“I see the pharmaceutical industrial complex following the same business plan that coal companies have. Appalachians have always been disposable for the right price—the coal camps were built on that business plan. Opioids have become another extractive economy like coal, ramps, morels, and natural gas. They finally put a price point on our dignity and actual lives.”
In conversation with Paul Michael Brown, West Virginia-based artist and activist Mamone, the creative director of community artist collective Queer Appalachia, speaks about building queer community and combating the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. Read the interview on our site. Mamone’s installation “Which Side Are You On” is currently on view at @gradientprojects in Thomas, WV, and will travel to Asheville, NC, in March.
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