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Milwaukee Artists Explore The Connection Between Place, Race & History In New Exhibit

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Nirmal Raja and Lois Bielefeld
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An exhibition currently on view at The Warehouse on west St. Paul Avenue offers some answers to the perpetual question: what does it mean to be an American? 

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"On Belonging" is a three-part visual and audio collaboration between Milwaukee interdisciplinary artist Nirmal Raja, who immigrated here from India almost 30 years ago, and photographer Lois Bielefeld, who grew up here.

The works in the exhibit examine race, place, and our connection to and place in history. Both artists stopped by the studio a few weeks ago to tell Lake Effect's Bonnie North more about "On Belonging." 

"We all come in the middle of a timeline when we are born, and we all have to own the past, and understand the past and build toward the future," Raja expands on the meaning of the exhibit.

"On Belonging" will be on view at The Warehouse March 8- May 31.

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Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.