UNM Art Museum, in collaboration
UNM Art Museum, in collaboration with the College of Fine Arts and For Freedoms, invites you to join us for our 50 State Initiative kick-off event and keynote talk by artist Aram Han Sifuentes. Focusing on the artist’s role in civic and democratic participation, Aram will set the stage for a semester-long series of programs and political activations organized by UNM students in the Albuquerque community. Join us in the Museum after the talk (6:30 – 8:00pm) to meet the artist, add your voice to the For Freedoms conversation and if you have not done so already – register to vote.
Aram Han Sifuentes’s art practice situates itself at the intersection of fiber, social practice, performance, and pedagogy. At the core, she creates socially engaged and materially rich projects in an ‘art world’ environment that are available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color. She confronts social and racial injustices against the disenfranchised and riff off of official institutions and bureaucratic processes to reimagine new, inclusive, and humanized systems of civic engagement and belonging. She does this by creating participatory and active environments where safety, play, and skill-sharing are emphasized. And even though many of her projects are collaborative and communal in nature, they incite and highlight individual’s experiences, politics, and voice. Much of her communal work revolves around sharing skills as a point of connection. Often, sewing techniques are shared to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion and protest.
Aram Han Sifuentes is a fiber, social practice, and performance artist who works to claim spaces for immigrant and disenfranchised communities. Her work often revolves around skill sharing, specifically sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion and protest. Her work has been exhibited at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (Chicago, Illinois), Chicago Cultural Center (Chicago, Illinois), Pulitzer Arts Foundation (St. Louis, Missouri), Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia, PA), Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience (Seattle, WA), Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum (Seoul, South Korea), and the Design Museum (London, UK).
Be sure to join us directly after the talk for the For Freedoms Party happening in the UNM Art Museum from 6:30-8pm. DJ Caterwaul, free food and civic engagement!
(Wednesday) 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
UNM Center for the Arts & Art Museum, Albuquerque, NM, 87106
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