Theaster Gates is the perfect candidate for a complicated exhibition like this. Holding degrees in religious studies, urban planning, and ceramics, his artistic practice is equal parts social activism, sculpture, and a spiritual response to the challenges at hand.
Heather Kapplow interviewed Gates about his work at d13, 12 ballads for Huguenot House. Huguenot House is a building in Kassel that was damaged in WWII. Involving unusual artistic materials (musicians, dancers from other artists' projects, carpenters), 12 ballads started with a building and ended with a comfortable social space that was appealing to the surrounding community.