Thinking Its Presence 2017 has ended
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Aja Mujinga Sherrard

University of Montana Western
Assistant Professor
Dillon, Montana
Incorporating my continuing research into contemporary cultural studies, my practice is conceptually driven and media-flexible. Through the use of installations, interventions, photography, film, paintings, and performance, I seek to articulate stories of migration, self-translation, liminal identities, and conflicted narratives. These are utterings, deconstructions, hypothetical manifestations, and experiments within the realms of identity formation—and each re-asks the following: How does one become oneself amid social constructions, especially when those constructions are violent and vulnerable? Who are the gatekeepers, and what is their authority? What do we loose? What is there to gain?