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Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast | Conversations with extraordinary women in the arts

Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast | Conversations with extraordinary women in the arts

By Mauren Brodbeck
Raw and Radical Women in the Arts is a series of conversations with outstanding women in the arts who are striving to live bold, authentic, creatively-fulfilling lives. In these interviews, they explore the themes of identity, vulnerability, authenticity, loneliness, alienation, discrimination, inspiration, empowerment, and social change.

TRUE STORIES AND INSPIRATION FROM CREATIVE WOMEN CHALLENGING SOCIETY'S STATUS QUO

Let's get real about living a life in the arts and the multi-faceted roles of being a creative woman.

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Dr. Sarah Thornton | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Dr. Sarah Thornton, a writer and sociologist of art, talks about what makes an artist an artist, their role in society, and their need to be active agents of their own career. I’m very pleased to be interviewing Dr. Sarah Thornton on the show today. Sarah has written extensively about the art world and art market for many publications, including The Economist. She has also written three critically acclaimed books, each of which dives deeply into issues of authenticity, believability and cultural value. In her book 33 Artists in 3 Acts, one of the research questions was: what is an artist? “The great thing about being an artist is that it is self-defined,” she explained to me, “but it’s self-defined within reason. So, not anybody can just say ‘I’m an artist’ and have credibility and the social role and status of an artist.” The issue of artistic credibility, she says, hinges on the fact that being an artist is not just a job, but an identity. So artists have to prove their worth in the eyes of the public, collectors, and museum curators. For more information about this podcast and story, click HERE
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May 18, 2020
Dr. Asma Naeem | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Asma Naeem, Chief Curator for the Baltimore Museum of Art, discusses women and gender fluidity representation in the BMA 2020 Vision initiative. Today I am very excited to welcome Dr. Asma Naeem to the On Display podcast. Naeem is an art historian and is currently the Chief Curator at the Baltimore Museum of Art. She brings a unique lens and motivation to her work, curating art pieces and installations that directly address issues of social justice, under-representation, and inequity. The Baltimore Museum of Art recently made headlines for their 2020 Vision initiative, timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States. Commemorating women and gender fluidity in the arts Naeem says that while discussing how to commemorate the occasion, the question really became how to recognize the event while also being provocative about social justice issues and representation. “We decided that the best way to discuss the trajectory that women have made in the past 100 years was to devote an entire year of exhibitions to women artists or artists who identify as women, as well as to focus our acquisitions on works that were made by women,” Naeem says. The decision to include women artists and artists who identify as women has generated a great deal of discussion. While some responses to the decision and the initiative itself were predictably adverse—questioning the need to have a focus on women or to be inclusive of transgender women artists—overall the comments have been robustly positive and have even questioned whether the museum has gone far enough to make a real, lasting difference. Read the story HERE! For more information please visit our website www.rawradical.com and follow us on social media: instagram, facebook, twitter
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April 20, 2020
Maïa Mazaurette | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Artist and sexpert Maïa Mazaurette shares her perspective on appreciating the male body and challenging popular culture’s “sex machinery” Today I am excited to welcome Maïa Mazaurette, who is a sexpert, writer, columnist, keynote speaker, painter, and illustrator, and is challenging gender roles and sex norms through her writing and artwork. Maïa has been researching the role of sex in artwork for over 15 years, and regularly shares her sex expertise and knowledge through the columns she writes for GQ France magazine and several newspapers. As an artist and painter, she focuses on the male body, in part to challenge what she terms the “sex machinery” of the world’s dominant sexual culture. Celebrating and appreciating male bodies Maïa began drawing and painting men after repeatedly asking other women to do the same, but receiving no response. “Two years ago I decided that I could not keep asking people to do something that I wouldn’t want to make happen myself,” she says. “And I started to look for models and I started to work… and I started to realize that some things were more complicated than I imagined.” Among those challenges, she says, has been figuring out how to pose her models in a way that is masculine, but not imposing or aggressive. “What is masculine? What is beautiful for a man?” she asks. “We are used to seeing them as sexy human beings only when they’re doing something because you have the idea that women are passive and men are active.” “If you want to have one man alone in a picture, and … he’s not applying his power on a human being or an object, then you suddenly have a man who is displaying some kind of female quality and then it’s not sexy anymore and it doesn’t work,” she says. Finding her way around this problem has led Maïa to experiment with different poses, developing an entirely new “language of position” that translates her models’ sexiness and beauty to the canvas. Continuing the sexual revolution Maïa sees her work as a way to continue and even radically change the direction of the sexual revolution that began in the 1960s. That change should include making it possible to appreciate regular male bodies in our everyday lives, and with more frequency. “As women, we don’t have a lot of occasions to look at men for three hours at a time. Usually we mostly see men who are dressed up and also in museums and also on tv,” she says, adding that 75 percent of the museum artwork we see is female-centric. Focusing on men in her work changes that dynamic, giving women an opportunity to stare at beautifully rendered male bodies for as long as they wish. She also wants to help people create a new language around sex, one that finds a middle ground between the somewhat vulgar language and the prim, reproductive-focused language from earlier eras. Her hope is that her work—both written and artistic—will encourage people consider the myriad of sexual possibilities that are open to them, and have happier sex lives as a result. “We see that every single piece of the sex machinery is being challenged at the moment,” she says. “It is great sometimes to be puzzled, to be lost, because then we can write a different sex map… My wish is not to say what exactly is the sex utopia. I just want to explain what is mine so that people can disagree and make their own.” Read the story HERE! For more information on our guest or this episode, please visit our website www.rawradical.com and follow us on social media @rawradical
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March 30, 2020
Viktoria Binschtok | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Artist Viktoria Binschtok shares her artistic process and thoughts on how we communicate through images in a digital age. Photographer and conceptual artist Viktoria Binschtok joins us today to talk about her artistic inspirations and process, her experience participating in an artist-run gallery, and the impact of family life on her work. Viktoria studied Photography and Media Arts at the Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig, ultimately earning a Meisterschüler Studium. As a student, she found herself drawn to imagery in our society, how it is used to communicate, and how it changes with cultural evolution. This exploration became the basis of her creative process. She starts with one of her original images, uploading it to the internet and using a search algorithm to find other visually or thematically similar images. She often recreates these found images in her own studio, adding unexpected elements or color, before combining all the images into collections or “clusters.” “I just get the idea, and then I go back into my studio and I restage these found images, and then I combine my image and the found image,” she says. “You don’t really have a story behind one certain image, it’s more about visual data … it’s an abstraction on this visual culture.” Read the story HERE! For more information, please visit our website and subscribe to the newsletter. www.rawradical.com and visit us on social media, instagram, facebook and twitter @rawradical
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January 27, 2020
Dr. Barbara Polla | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Dr. Barbara Polla shares her views on women’s rights, feminism, and the important questions women should ask themselves Dr. Barbara Polla, a medical doctor, researcher, politician, mother, writer, poet, and gallery owner, joins us today to talk about how her career has evolved, her opinions on feminism, and how women can step into their power. Early on in her career, she attained a medical degree with a specialization in inner medicine, pneumology and immunoallergology, following that up with a number of research positions, including the Harvard Medical School and the French Institute of Health and Medical Research in Paris.  In 1991, Dr. Polla started her own gallery to represent contemporary artists, often collaborating with other gallery owners to bring fresh, unconventional art shows to the public. She also taught on the relationship between art and fashion at the Institut Français de la Mode in Paris and the HEAD (Haute Ecole d'art et de Design) in Geneva. The progression of a multifaceted career She attributes her ability to manage such a diverse number of careers to her energy and passion for discovering new things. “I think what drives me is the desire,” she says. “I think that, rather than jumping from one career to another, it’s actually like reading a book … I never quit what I was doing … because I was bored with it, but just because the next page seemed more exciting, more desirable.” Nevertheless, there were many intense years where she was filled multiple roles at the same time. “In the forties, that was I think the most intense and most difficult time. There was nothing in my career that I could say—okay, let’s postpone this for five years,” she says. Read the story HERE! For more information, please visit our website www.rawradical.com, subscribe to our newsletter for inspiration and follow us on social media: Instagram @rawradical Facebook rawradical Twitter rawradical
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January 5, 2020
Marta Zgierska | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Artist Marta Zgierska shares the process of creating intimate, vulnerable artwork based on her own personal experiences Joining us today is Marta Zgierska, a Polish artist exploring the idea of beauty, intimacy, and the feminine body through her photography work. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Photography, in addition to Masters of Art degrees in Theatrology and Journalism. Her artwork is inspired by her personal experiences, emotions, and feelings. Her breakthrough series, Post, was based on her experiences after a serious car accident and the resulting physical and mental trauma it caused. Read the story HERE! For more information, please visit www.rawradical.com, subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media:  Instagram @rawradical  Facebook rawradical Twitter rawradical
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December 17, 2019
Frédéric Elkaïm | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Frédéric Elkaim, a contemporary art expert and artist coach, shares his perspective on women achieving equity in the arts and why their work is so radical. Today’s podcast features special guest Frédéric Elkaim, a contemporary art expert and consultant, lecturer, artist coach, author, and the founder of Art Now!, a platform dedicated to connecting contemporary artists and art collectors. Elkaim is also an advocate for recognizing and elevating women artists as critical contributors to the artistic world. One of his most recent efforts involved putting together a five-part lecture series on important women artists throughout history, in coordination with Yasmine Lavizzari, director of the galerie Air Project. “We wanted… really to go further than what ‘artistry’ is today,” he says, “To underline who are those women artists and why they are so important in the evolution of art from modern art, impressionism, etcetera, to what we can see nowadays.” Read the story HERE! For more information, please visit www.rawradical.com and follow us on instagram @rawradical
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November 20, 2019
Adriana Balic | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Musician Adriana Balic shares the most important mindset and self-care lessons she learned while on tour with P!NK’s Beautiful Trauma World Tour. Musician Adriana Balic joins us today to talk about what she learned about self-care while on tour with P!NK in her Beautiful Trauma World Tour, her core philosophy when it comes to being a creative, happy person, and the surprising turns her journey as an artist has taken. Adriana toured with P!NK previously in 2003, but left in 2008 when she became pregnant so she could be present for her son's formative years. Then, in 2017, circumstances aligned for her to return to working with P!NK. “This experience of being out on the road as a mother, a wife, and having been at home for nine years previous to that, it was such a different experience,” she says. “It has done a lot of things for me personally, one—given me the space to focus on me again.” Part of what’s challenging about self-care, she says, is making a mindset shift. While on tour, her job was to get up on stage at the end of the day and give her all during the performance. But in order to support that effort at the end of the day, she had to lay the foundation at the beginning of the day—starting with sleep, getting enough exercise, drinking a lot of water, and scheduling downtime. “Knowing that doing nothing is actually doing something… it’s taken me a long time to get to that place to acknowledge that it’s important,” she says. Read the story HERE! For more information, please visit www.rawradical.com Follow us on social media @rawradical
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November 4, 2019
Rahima Gambo | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Today the On Display podcast features Rahima Gambo, an Nigerian photographer and conceptual artist based in Abuja. Rahima went through several career changes before becoming an artist. She initially focused on gender and development studies while attending college in the UK, intending to work in policy making in Nigeria. But after returning home, she realized she wanted a way to communicate her own and other people’s stories more strongly. To fulfill this passion, she pursued a photojournalism degree in New York. In 2014, when 276 girls were kidnapped from a school in Chibok, Nigeria, Rahima found herself called home to document the story. But she again found herself dissatisfied and disillusioned with the process and how the story was sensationalized for a foreign audience.  Wanting to convey a deeper, more holistic story about the people she interviewed and their culture, she decided to take a different approach to storytelling. Telling stories, not just documenting Rahima’s initial project, “Education is Forbidden,” focused on the school girls who continued to attend school despite the kidnappings and conflict around them. Instead of remaining an impartial and objective observer, she found herself becoming an integral part of what was created, collaborating with the girls and mutually influencing each other. “I think that was the whole point of that project,” she says, “Just to remember something beyond this whole… victimhood/conflict, to revert to this safe space of ‘Okay we know who we are… You from the outside can’t tell us who we are.’” Read the story HERE! FOR MORE INFORMATION AND LINKS, AND MORE, PLEASE VISIT www.rawradical.com
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June 6, 2019
Catherine Orer | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Today we welcome special guest Catherine Orer, Business and PR strategist for artists, and founder of The Artist Entrepreneur, which offers resources, training, and community for artists who want to build sustainable businesses and careers. In her role as a coach for artists, she has unique insight to offer into common mindset issues that hold artists back and what skills artists should learn to succeed in their entrepreneurial efforts. Catherine initially worked in marketing and PR in the corporate world, but eventually decided to switch her focus to art instead. She studied at Christie’s Education in Paris, and then worked in galleries to gain experience—planning to eventually open her own. But after artists started asking her for advice on their marketing and selling efforts, she realized she had a special set of skills to offer.  “I realized how much I loved connecting with artists... and that… all of this experience that I had over my career, I could really put it to use and help people,” she says. “It just all came  About our guest:  Catherine Orer, an award-winning Business & PR Strategist and founder of The Artist Entrepreneur, counsels professional visual artists and creative entrepreneurs who want to build sustainable businesses and careers. She holds a degree in Communications and Public Relations from the University of Québec in Montréal, and completed her education in the business of art at the prestigious auction house, Christie’s, in Paris.together.” Read the story HERE! For more information visit www.rawradical.com Website: http://theartistentrepreneur.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theartistentrepreneurcoach/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/catherineorer/
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May 10, 2019
Chris Aerfeldt | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Oil painter and photographer Chris Aerfeldt joins us to talk about her artistic journey, her sources of inspiration, and finding the self confidence to keep creating even when experiencing self-doubt. Chris focuses on themes of freedom, authenticity, invisibility, and peer pressure. Women figure prominently in her work as larger than life characters, often placed in environments that are seemingly at odds with their activities.  Chris shares how her subject matter is influenced her experience working in the fashion design industry, by older Dutch paintings of women engaged in household chores, and her own background as the daughter of two Estonian refugees. As a result of their experience in refugee camps, her mother was very restrictive, and Chris’s childhood left very little room for self-expression.  “When I was growing up, I felt invisible and squashed,” she says. “Now when I’m painting my women, I want to be seen, I want to feel strong… My paintings are all very large and the women are all larger, much larger than lifesize. So they’re giants, because I feel like… I don’t want you to ignore my women, my women have to be seen.” From making art to being an artist Chris started out by doodling in her notebooks at school, often landscapes or other nature scenes that offered a mental escape from her home life. Later, she graduated to making oil paintings on scraps of cardboard in the family garage, but she never considered being an “artist” a viable career choice. Instead, she got a degree in art education.  But after trying and rejecting a number of career paths, she found herself increasingly frustrated and depressed. With the encouragement of her partner, she enrolled in art school. Working through doubt to self confidence Despite having made art and working toward being an artist all her life, she still struggles with not overthinking her process and being too self critical. She says that she has to shut out the rest of her imagined audience when she’s working in order to create from an authentic and vulnerable place.  “I think all of us have our self doubts, it’s trying not to let that self doubt rule what we do and rule our lives, because the self doubt can be so overwhelming,” Chris says. About our guest:  As a nervous and hypersensitive eleven year old, Aerfeldt escaped to her father’s shed and started making oil paintings on scraps of cardboard as a way to be seen and heard, and to calm herself. In 2007, Aerfeldt was awarded the Samstag Scholarship, enabling her to travel to London and complete her Masters in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. Many of her pieces have been purchased by renowned collectors, including Charles Saatchi, and she has exhibited in the UK, France, Spain and Australia. Read the story HERE! Visit Raw and Radical
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April 18, 2019
Angela Fraleigh | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Today the Raw and Radical “On Display” podcast welcomes Angela Fraleigh, an oil painter and installation artist, to discuss the role of feminism and power dynamics in her work, her thoughts on manifesting our own realities, and her interest in uncovering hidden feminist-focused histories. Angela’s work was described by one museum curator as creating “utopic provocations of … counter or oppositional narratives that allow us to imagine different pasts and different futures.” One way she creates these narratives is with large scale paintings that immerse the viewer in her “feminine utopian” vision. “We’re forced to see intricacies of body language at that kind of scale,” she says. “I’ve elevated these figures … so that they kind of loom over us in a much more kind of powerful way. The idea that our realities are created from our thoughts is a powerful influence on Angela’s work. She sees the current political climate and events as a manifestation of our underlying thoughts, but also as a powerful opportunity for purging and change, particularly as it relates to her art. “Rather than focusing on the stuff I don’t want, I’m focusing on what I do want. And what I do want are these big utopian feminist societies that are much more nurturing and, not maternal, but … where people feel comfortable and safe to create the world they want to live in,” she says. Angela is currently focused on the invisible histories of women in the arts. Her recent exhibition at the Edward Hopper House Museum focused on the role of his wife “Jo,” an accomplished painter in her own right but who was ultimately eclipsed by her husband. “What I found interesting is ... she was posing for all these paintings but they were never of ‘her,’ they were always a stand in for a woman,” she says. “So ... this notion of her kind of being seen through, even when she’s being stared at ... I wanted to play with that idea and how that relates to contemporary concerns for women and women artists of today.” Angela also touches on how parenthood has impacted her art practice. She says she’s very lucky that she can afford daycare and that both her mother and her partner are supportive and open to sharing the childcare load, but it still requires pre-planning to the time to create art. “I’ve learned to be really efficient with my time. I don’t overthink things as much because there’s just no time to do that… which is a blessing” she says. Angela’s advice is that leaning into and supporting one another is incredibly important. She feels that without doing that, we can’t reshape our thought processes and society into a more nurturing environment for our creativity.  “I think that the patriarchal structure that we’ve all kind of been seduced by throughout our lives... [there’s] this sense that [it’s] like a ladder that you can climb and that you won’t really be happy until you get to whichever rung you’re at,” she says. “And then you’ll look around and then you’ll want more, and that’s okay! That’s great! But it’s the waiting to be happy part that’s not okay.” About our guest: Fraleigh was born in Beaufort, SC, and raised in rural New York. She received her BFA in painting from Boston University and her MFA in painting from the Yale University School of Art, then spent two years in Houston as a Core Artist in Residence. Fraleigh is a professor and the department chairperson of the Moravian College art department. She is represented by Inman Gallery in Houston, TX.  Read the story HERE! For details and more information, visit our website www.rawradical.com or contact us at hello@rawradical.com
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March 18, 2019
Toni Blackman | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Hip hop artist and writer Toni Blackman talks about living without regrets, overcoming fear, and connecting with others through music, meditation, and rhyme. Today’s podcast features Toni Blackman, who shares some highlights from her career, lessons she’s learned, and how fear, self-confidence, and living without regrets has shaped her life choices and artistic path. She jumps right in by talking about fear, a major obstacle to overcome for any artist, and how it has shown up in her life and music. “This whole belief that you're supposed to be fearless, that stops a lot of people. But there’s a lot that we can get done and complete while fear is still here,” she says. Overcoming that fear, and living her life without regret, is one of Toni’s strongest motivators. As a freshman in college she heard a speaker talking about how no one wants turn 50 years old, and wonder what would be different had they taken “what if” chances throughout their lives. “It resonated with me so deeply that so much of what I do comes from, ‘I’m going to do this ‘cause part of me wants to do it, and instead of overthinking myself out of doing it, I’m just going to do it,’” she says. About our guest:  Toni Blackman, a highly respected artist and social entrepreneur, is the first Hip Hop artist selected to work as a Cultural Ambassador with the US Department of State. This visionary artist leads freestyle masterclasses, rap cyphers, has developed innovative approaches to using the cypher as a concept for community building, leadership development, and healing, and is on the working committee for Harry Belafonte’s Sankofa.org. She is also the creator of Freestyle Union Cypher Workshop and Rhyme Like A Girl, for which she was awarded a prestigious Open Society Institute fellowship. Read the story HERE! For more information, visit our website rawradical.com
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March 8, 2019
Eva Armisén | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Barcelona-based artist and painter Eva Armisén discusses her inspirations, the impact of motherhood on a creative career, and new artistic collaborations. Today the Raw and Radical podcast welcomes Eva Armisén. Eva is an artist and painter who lives and works in Barcelona, lending her talents to a variety of endeavors, including painting, illustration work, public art installations, advertising, television, film production, and editorial projects. Eva derives her inspiration from everyday life and mundane situations, trying to capture those small moments of joy and convey those stories and emotions though her work. As a result, her art has a playful, energetic quality that conveys happiness and optimism. “Most of the things that move me happen in daily life or with the people I have around. So that‘s maybe the reason that.. a lot of my paintings are representing, like... that area of life,” she says. “Sometimes family, sometimes the countryside I have around my studio. But they all talk about emotions.” About our guest: Eva Armisén focuses on capturing daily life and everydayness as something extraordinary, offering an exuberant, optimistic look at the world through her work. She earned her Fine Arts degree from the University of Barcelona, before entering the Rietveld Akademie in Amsterdam for further training and study. Although primarily a painter and engraver, she collaborates on a wide variety of projects, most recently the book “Mom is a Haenyeo,” about the diving women of Jeju. Read the story HERE! For more information about Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast, visit our website rawradical.com
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March 8, 2019
Delphine Diallo | Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast
Delphine Diallo, Brooklyn-based French and Senegalese artist, discusses “feminine energy,” its influence on her art, and why it’s relevant to our lives today.  Show Summary:  In this episode of Raw and Radical, Mauren welcomes Delphine Diallo, who worked in the music industry as a special effects artist, video editor, and graphic designer for several years before moving to New York in 2008 to start a career as an independent artist.  Delphine is particularly drawn to women as subjects, exploring how they relate to and express their feminine vitality and force through her portraiture and collage work. She first became aware of her own feminine energy a decade ago, as it manifested in a strong urge to create artwork. She quickly realized, however, that she couldn’t maintain her creative flow and needed to connect with her feminine force on a deeper level to consistently create meaningful work. About our guest:  Delphine Diallo is a Brooklyn-based French and Senegalese visual artist and photographer, focused on exploring women’s relationships with their innate, transformative feminine power. She graduated from the Académie Charpentier School of Visual Art in Paris, working in the music industry for several years before moving to New York and launching her career as a solo artist. Through her provocative visuals, Diallo seeks to combine artistry with activism, empowering women, youth, and cultural minorities Read the story HERE! For more information about Raw and Radical Women in the Arts Podcast, visit our website rawradical.com
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March 5, 2019