I am an artist, mother, and social instigator. I grew up in a very lively, tight-knit immigrant community with large gatherings in tiny apartments and lots of “aunts and uncles.” Not having a lot of money, we all relied heavily on one another for support. My love for hosting and bringing people together comes from that place and secretly the work I do at Popps is trying to recreate that world.
Faina Lerman (b.1975 Riga, Latvia) is the Co-Director of Popps Packing, an artist run neighborhood organization on the Hamtramck/Detroit border, with her husband Graem Whyte. Founded in 2007, Popps packing is a mixed-use art space, gallery, laboratory, and Artist Residency program. Lerman is an accomplished visual and performing artist who has exhibited and performed work in both solo and group shows locally and nationally. In addition to her work with Popps Packing she is a full time mother raising 2 children and a performance artist in the absurd and sometimes hilarious duo, Tzarinas of the Plane (2015 Kresge Visual Art Fellows).