an urgent forum to COME TOGETHER AS ARTISTS RESPONDING TO SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES
Saturday march 30, 2019 5:30-8:30pm
The Woods 1826 Palmetto St. Ridgewood NY
In our previous forum, Where do I get my Tortillas, we explored the themes of identity as it relates to arbitrary labeling imposed by a system that infiltrates models of funding, and presenting work. We realized that as artists, we don’t need to abide by such systems, we can create our own networks of support, work across instead of up, and make reputable art institutions accountable for their role in perpetuating othering.
As a follow-up discussion, we want to explore othering as it extends beyond people. We live in a time where social and environmental issues cannot be treated separately any longer. Mass migrations and social conflict are in direct connection with climate change and loss of habitat. Vulnerable populations, other species, and entire habitats are treated as others, and as such, easier to be used and disposed of. There’s a common notion of evolution that makes human (the white man) the end of life’s purposes. This view permeates a utilitarian lens of the world.
Join us in an evening of performances and discussion about how can we de-colonize our art, and how can we redefine our identity as humans in the world, as it’s shared with many different people and life forms.
5:30- 6:00 - introductions, installation/performance of Tortilla Stories by Melissa Orozco