Former intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning explores DNA and art at Michigan Theater

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Rarely are the words “cheek swab” and “hair clippings” associated with art. But when bio-political artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg teamed up with queer and transgender rights activist Chelsea Manning, the two collaborated on a sculptural portraiture project derived from Manning’s DNA. Manning, a former intelligence analyst for the U.S Department of Defense who is best known for serving seven years of a 35-year sentence in military prison after leaking government documents during her deployment in Iraq in 2009, was released in 2017 after President Barack Obama commuted her sentence.

Chelsea Manning and Heather Dewey-Hagborg will talk at the Michigan Theater on Thursday, March 15 at 5:10 p.m.; 603 E. Liberty St., Ann Arbor; michtheater.org; 734-668-8397; Admission is free and open to the public.

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