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Las Hijas de los Días: Postfeminism in the Diaspora | Conversation and Q&A
July 17, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Las Hijas de los Días: Postfeminism in the Diaspora
Conversation and Q&A with Fiamma Montezemolo and Sara Solaimani, Frida Cano (moderator)
July 17, 2020 | 1pm
18th Street Arts Center presents a lively dialogue between Fiamma Montezemolo, PhD in Anthropology and MFA in Art, and Sara Solaimani, PhD in Art History, Theory, and Criticism, to deepen into the themes addressed in the artworks from the group exhibition Las Hijas de los Días —7 Female Views from the Margins currently on view at the 18th Street Arts Center’s Airport Gallery. The exhibition features work by Cristina de Middel, Eunice Adorno, Lola del Fresno, Luciana Abait, Doni Silver Simons, Sabine Pearlman, and Pamela Simon-Jensen
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Our diasporic socio-historical ties within a postfeminist era; and the migration of bodies, ideologies and disciplines will be some of the topics addressed during this conversation. Throughout the talk, we will interweave the art historical and anthropological knowledge of our guests with works by artists in the show, positioning these works within broader psychogeographical and historical contexts.
18th Street Arts Center believes that open dialogues are key to deepening the understanding of relevant issues that affect us all, and help us understand better our role as cultural agents.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS
Fiamma Montezemolo was born in Rome, she lives and works in San Francisco. She is both an artist (MFA, San Francisco Art Institute) and an anthropologist (PhD, University Orientale of Naples). She is an established scholar in border studies and Professor in the Department of Cinema & Digital Media at the University of California, Davis. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in several locations and is represented by Magazzino gallery in Rome. She is the author of two monographs: on Zapatismo and on Chicano/a politics of representation, as well as co-author (with Rene’ Peralta and Heriberto Yepez) of Here is Tijuana (Blackdog Publishing, London, 2006) and co-editor (with Josh Kun) of Tijuana Dreaming, Life and Art at the Global border (Duke Press, 2012).
Sara Solaimani is a doctoral candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism at UCSD’s Department of Visual Arts. Her current research focuses on the work of performance artists of Mexican roots in the United States between the 1960s culture war era and NAFTA (1968-1994). Sara’s work highlights artistic interrogations of geopolitical and metaphorical borders that deconstruct our understanding of space in the age of global capital, and identifies critical questions about identity in a compartmentalized world. She has published and presented several texts, and curated exhibitions on the historical relationship between politics, geopolitics and art on the Tijuana-San Diego border and in Mexico. Sara currently teaches writing, art history, and Chicano studies at UCSD and SDSU.
Las Hijas de los Días. 7 Female Views from the Margins
Exhibition | January 27 – August 7, 2020
Science affirms that we are made out of atoms, but Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano states that we’re also made out of stories. In his book, Los hijos de los días (Children of the Days), he writes one story that reflects the feelings and vicissitudes for every day of a year. Inspired by this exercise, we wanted to reflect upon relevant ideas that inhabit our daily lives in only a week’s span of time across the globe. To represent each day of the week, we selected the gazes of seven women from 18th Street Arts Center, PhotoEspaña, and Arttextum that reflect the spirit of our times, starting with photography as a medium of departure and expanding the field to include drawing, installation, and performance. Climate unrest, the physical displacement of the idea of home, and the removal of socio-historical ties that oppress women interweave the stories told by Cristina de Middel, Eunice Adorno, Lola del Fresno, Luciana Abait, Doni Silver Simons, Sabine Pearlman, and Pamela Simon-Jensen. These works narrate sublime and challenging stories of our everyday that call out to be heard and comprehended in order to collectively transform realities. The women highlighted in this show are only a fraction of the multiple voices around the world who are tracking alternate ways of belonging to time. This show was organized by Begoña Torres and 18th Street Arts Center’s Assistant Curator Frida Cano.
Special thanks to Arttextum, Tejido de agentes culturales inspirados en Latinoamérica, Promoción del Arte, Ministry of Culture and Sports, Madrid, Spain. It is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Santa Monica’s Cultural Affairs Department, the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture, and 18th Street’s generous community of donors.
[image caption: Eunice Adorno, Falda Dinamita (Dynamite Skirt) 2019. Mixed Media, 94.5 x 86.6 inches. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Kenji Barrett.]