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    Silhouettes – Spring 2020

    Welcome to session #2 of the online space Migratory Times, “Silhouettes.” 

    Silhouettes are made by amateurs, artists, alike, and even cast as a shadow in the everyday. A silhouette is a shadow, profile, miniature cuttings, shadow portrait, illuminating a relationship between light and dark. Utilized by artists and activists alike, the mobilization of the silhouette in the visual has, as described by Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, the capability to image race and “otherness.” Some silhouettes our iconic – where the relationship between the light and dark have captured local and global imaginaries. Kara Walker’s paper silhouettes tell a story of the US south as one shaped by violence, both sexual and racial. The Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, an association formed in the 1970s, drew awareness to the disappearances occurring during the Argentinian dictatorship (1976 – 1983). Through shadows, the place with light and dark, outlines, silhouettes speak. As this session illuminates, silhouettes manifest in intentional and unintentional actions by artists, community members, scholars, and producers. The image that is created through the interplay and production of light and dark, speaks to coloniality and oppression. As described by Maria Lugones, “Given the coloniality of power, I think we can also say that having a dark and a light side is characteristic of the co-construction of the coloniality of power and the colonial/modern gender system” (2007).

    This session includes events that occurred since 2017. Featured video and images produced through “Women in Migration” (2017) which consisted of a collaboration between the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects (IiS) with the University of Utah Museum of Fine Arts A.C.M.E. session featuring IiS members Dalida Maria Benfield, Damali Abrams, and Annie Isabel Fukushima, and collaborations with UMFA Jorge Rojas and Emily Izzo and Utah community members Romeo Jackson, Maria, Yehemy, Veronica, Alejandra, Ashley, Jean, Alex, Akiva, Kylee, Andrew, and Christina. This session also features pedagogical conversation, a Salon with the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects – Silhouettes: Migration, (Un)Documented, and Pedagogies, where IiS members Fukushima and Benfield facilitated discussions surrounding the work of Sonia Guiñansaca and artist and muralist Ruby Chacón, and invited Crystal Baik, Jose Manuel Cortez, Cindy Cruz, Marie Sarita Gaytan and Juan Herrera. Additional features in Silhouettes include the contributions of the artist Kakyoung Lee and her work from the “Barbed Wire Series” which consists of a series of prints, multi-channel moving-image installation, and a cat’s cradle shadow installation.

    Therefore, Silhouettes is an invitation to scholars, artists, visual producers, the everyday person, to submit works that speak to the coloniality and oppression through the silhouette.

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"Student Life: Still We Rise"

Ruby Chacon

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Cats Cradle

Kakyoung Lee

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Damali Abrams

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Always a River

Women in Migration, UMFA A.C.M.E. & IiS

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Salon with the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects – Silhouettes: Migration, (Un)Documented, and Pedagogies – Part 1
A conversation regarding pedagogies, documentation and migration. Featured: Listening to Sonia Guiñansaca “Bursting of photographs after trying to squeeze out old memories” and work by Ruby Chacon. Contributors: Crystal Baik, Dalida Maria Benfield, Jose Manuel Cortez, Cindy Cruz, Annie Isabel Fukushima, Sarita Gaytan, and Juan Herrera. October 17, 2017.
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Salon with the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects – Silhouettes: Migration, (Un)Documented, and Pedagogies – Part 2
Salon with the Institute of (Im)Possible Subjects – Silhouettes: Migration, (Un)Documented, and Pedagogies This video is a continuation from the video: https://youtu.be/X0Vz13tRHAY A discussion ensues regarding the work of Ruby Chacon.
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Christmas in our hearts by RESBAK
"Christmas In Our Hearts (Reloaded)" takes after a song by the same title by Jose Mari Chan -- one of the most enduring original Filipino music compositions about the Christmas season in the Philippines. The collaborators who worked on the video, however, in no way intend to demean or disparage the song but hope to connect it to the spirit of the birth of Christ which is to bring hope to the suffering Filipino masses. This video is the first of many works that artists of RESBAK (Respond and Break the Silence Against the Killings) plan to produce in the campaign against the killings.
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ACME: Women in Migration
Women in Migration Video by Utah Museum of Fine Arts A.C.M.E.
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Women in Migration – Always a River
Women in Migration, April 27, Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library. Workshop Participants tell their stories of migration -Always a River by Jean, Alex, Akiva & Dalida. IiS collaboration with UMFA ACME
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mujeres en migración – Maria y Jorge
Mujeres en Migración. Jueves 27 de abril. Biblioteca pública de Salt Lake City, biblioteca principal. Los participantes del taller cuentan sus historias sobre la migración, María y Jorge. IiS colaboración con UMFA ACME.
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Mujeres en Migración – Yehemy, Veronica, y Alejandra
Mujeres en Migración. Biblioteca pública de Salt Lake City, biblioteca principal. Los participantes del taller cuentan sus historias de migración: Yehemy, Veronica y Alejandra IiS colaboración con UMFA ACME.
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Women in Migration – Romeo and Ashley
Women in Migration. Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library Workshop Participants tell their stories of migration -Romeo and Ashley. IiS collaboration with UMFA ACME.
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Women in Migration – Jean, Alex, Akiva, & Dalida
Women in Migration. Thursday, April 27. Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library. Workshop Participants tell their stories of migration - by Jean, Alex, Akiva & Dalida. IiS Collaboration with UMFA A.C.M.E.
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Women in Migration – Kylee, Andrew, Emily, Christina
Women in Migration. Thursday, April 27. Salt Lake City Public Library, Main Library. Workshop Participants tell their stories of migration - Kaylee, Emily, Andrew, & Christina. IiS in collaboration with the UMFA ACME sessions.
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