immigration | imagination is an online video festival for emerging artists juried by Luis Jacob and Việt Lê, with support from the Vermont College of Fine Arts, MFA in Visual Art. This project is also a component of the MANIFESTO: Moderate Proposal exhibition at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, California.
Creatively and critically, artists respond to the policing of borders in the global north and south, and the ongoing vestiges of violence.
“Imagination” opens up political possibilities—it also rrefers to struggles over images and ideology - culture wars - and to 'cold' and 'hot' wars, both then and now. Reconsidering Benedict Anderson’s “imagined communities,” it invokes Daniel Martinez’s intervention at the ’93 Whitney Biennale, John Lennon’s Imagine and Claudia Rankine’s poem fragment from Citizen:
"because white men can’t
police their imagination
black men are dying."
“Immigration” points to sites—both harrowing and hopeful—for nations founded on immigration. Evoking the pioneering anthology
This Bridge Called My Back
edited by Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, the U.S. is a nation of migrants—built on our labor of radical, backbreaking love. We are its backbone.
> This is an opportunity for emerging artists, without an MA/MFA, submitting a video piece.
> You will be prompted to include a link to your video piece.
> One submission per artist or collaborative art group.
> Submissions must be no longer than 6 minutes. If submitting an excerpt, the complete piece must be no longer than 15 minutes.
> Deadline for submission is Tuesday, December 12th, 2017 at 11:59pm EST.
Please direct all application and/or exhibition questions to: Thatiana Oliveira, firstname.lastname@example.org
Festival and Exhibition Dates
> Online video festival will debut on the VCFA Visual Art program Vimeo page on January 23, 2018 at 4:00pm EST.
> January 20th - March 23rd, 2018 MANIFESTO: Moderate Proposal exhibition at Pitzer College Art Galleries, Claremont, California. Pitzer symposium on March 23rd.
Juror bio: Việt Lê
Việt Lê is an artist, writer and curator. Lê’s curatorial work includes Miss Saigon with the Wind and Charlie Don’t Surf!. He also co-curated humor us (with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min); transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min); the 2012 Kuandu Biennale, and Love in the Time of War (with Jen Vanderpool). His artwork has been featured in U.S. and international venues including the Shanghai Biennale, MIX NYC Experimental Film Festival, the Bangkok Art & Cultural Center, and UCLA Hammer Museum.
His written work has been published in Positions, American Quarterly, Amerasia, Art Journal, and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume River, Strange Cargo, and Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art, among others. He has co-edited special issues of Asian American Literary Review, BOL Journal, and Visual Anthropology. Lê is is a reviews co-editor of Asian Diasporic Visual Cultures and the Americas. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California (American Studies and Ethnicity Department) and his MFA from the University of California, Irvine (Studio Art). He is an Assistant Professor of Visual Studies at California College of the Arts and faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Visual Art program.
Juror bio: Luis Jacob
Born in Lima, Peru, Luis Jacob is a Toronto-based artist and curator whose diverse practice addresses social interaction and the subjectivity of aesthetic experience.
Realized as painting, video, installation and photography, as well as actions in the public sphere, Jacob’s work invites a collision of meaning systems that destabilize our conventions of viewing and that open up possibilities for engagement and the creation of knowledge.
Jacob studied semiotics and philosophy at the University of Toronto. Participatory education is dear to his heart: in 2003 he was part of the Anarchist Free University collective, and from 1998 to 2000 took part in the Anarchist Free School collective in Toronto. He has worked as sessional professor at the University of Guelph and the University of Toronto, and currently serves on the Education Committee at the Art Gallery of Ontario.
As an artist, he has achieved an international reputation – particularly since his participation in Documenta 12 in 2007 – with solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Lingen (2012); Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto (2011); Fonderie Darling, Montréal (2010); Städtisches Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (2009); and Kunstverein Hamburg, (2008). Jacob’s work was also featured in group exhibitions at the Taipei Biennial 2012: Modern Monsters / Death and Life in Fiction; Witte de With Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (2012); Generali Foundation, Vienna (2011); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); and The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, Toronto (2008).