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Video: Mandem interview by Cool Cleveland

The artist collaboration known as MANDEM is anything but ordinary. The group, together for nearly two decades, is a self-described “Vulcan Mind Meld” of creators Maize Arendsee and Moco Steinman-Arendsee, plus the recent addition of their 8-year-old offspring Kiki.

MANDEM collectively identifies as nonbinary/genderqueer and as neurodiverse and/or disabled. These identities powerfully inform their work, which fearlessly challenges representations of beauty and the “deviant” body.

MANDEM is currently part of From Women XII… at the Gallery at Lakeland Community College, an exhibition and celebration of regional women artists curated by Mary Urbas, on view from February 24 – March 29, 2019.

An artist’s reception will be held on Sunday, March 24, 3:30-5PM, directly following Lakeland’s Annual Women of Achievement Awards Ceremony at 2PM.

To see more of MANDEM’s work, visit and stop by to learn more about this remarkable exhibition. WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW HERE.


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