New Orleans, LA
SHA’CONDRIA (“iCon”) SICES-SIBLEY is an Alexandria, Louisiana native and longtime New Orleans-based poet and multi-inspired artist whose work spans across page, stage, canvas, music, talk radio, and short film. A champion of poetry and art as healing and liberation tools, she shares her work and workshops at community spaces, schools, universities, prisons, juvenile detention centers, and has worked for over a decade and counting, creating, organizing, and hosting arts-driven events. A legendary multiple-time national poetry slam champion and viral spoken word artist, she appeared on TV One’s Verses and Flow, and her work has been featured on many platforms including Huffington Post, For Harriet, Teen Vogue, and BBC World Radio. She is also featured on multiple recording projects alongside Grammy Award-winning artists. Sha’Condria is the author of My Name Is Pronounced Holy: A Collection of Poems, Prayers, Rememberings, and Reclamations.
“Middle of Louisiana, Middle of Nowhere, Center of My Everything” is a multimedia offering in trinity, or three parts– a photo and visual art exhibit, a live performance, and ultimately documented in a published “coffee table” book (containing original images, artwork, poetry, and essays/interviews)– that considers what culture and tradition look like and mean in a small Southern town. A cultural exchange of sorts, it examines the people, places, and history of the artist’s hometown of small town Alexandria, Louisiana in parallel to the bustling culture-rich landscape of my chosen home of New Orleans, Louisiana.