Episode 03 | Gina DeCagna on Identity Shifts, Freedom of Expression, & The Importance of Art in Today’s Society

In this episode, I am joined by Gina DeCagna, a London-based American artist, writer, and editor producing and consuming at the intersection of the visual and literary arts. Gina and I met in college at the University of Pennsylvania and have been able to reconnect as expats in London! Among many things, Gina and I talk about the importance of art in today’s society, transitions, standing up for yourself in the workplace, and how the political situation is affecting freedom of expression.

In this episode, Gina and I chat about:

  • shifting identity during periods of change
  • art challenging assumptions
  • the complacency that can come with privilege
  • the political situation and how it can affect freedom of expression
  • recognizing when a job is no longer fulfilling
  • the importance of having a good mentor
  • the power we have as millennials to change the future

Gina founded literary/art magazine Symbiosis at The Kelly Writers House, a center for writers of all kinds from Penn and the Philadelphia region at large.

Gina shouts out Pen America, an organization currently led by novelist Jennifer Egan which stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.

Her website www.ginadecagna.art

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