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Friday, October 20 • 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Living Archives–Decolonizing Institutions, Cultivating Communities. Feat. Smithsonian APAC, KSMoCA, and The Unburden Project

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Living Archives–Decolonizing Institutions, Cultivating Communities is a participatory conversation and art experience that explores decolonization strategies for institutions. Feat. socially engaged art projects like KSMoCA (King School Museum of Contemporary Art) in Portland, OR and the Smithsonian APAC Culture Lab Manifesto. Participants are also invited to share in The Unburden Project (a somatic poetry installation co-authored by Taitano and Jarrett and first presented as part of 'Ae Kai--the Smithsonian APAC Culture Lab--on Oahu, Hawai'i in July 2017).

The Unburden Project is generously supported by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center. 

Moderators
avatar for Prageeta Sharma

Prageeta Sharma

Professor/President of Thinking Its Presence, University of Montana
Prageeta Sharma was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Her collections of poetry include Bliss to Fill (2000), The Opening Question (2004), which won the Fence Modern Poets Prize, Infamous Landscapes (2007), and Undergloom (2013). | | Sharma’s honors and awards include a Howar... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

Lawrence-Minh Bùi Davis

Curator, Editor, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
Curator (Asian Pacific American Studies), Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center | Editor, The Asian American Literary Review
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Lisa Jarrett

Assistant Professor of Community and Context Arts, Portland State University
Lisa Jarrett was born in 1977 in Morristown, New Jersey. Growing up as a Black American who moved with her family to various, often conflicting political climates in cities in Texas, Minnesota, and New York, the influences of her upbringing in a post-Civil Rights and increasingly so-called “post-racial” America are apparent in her work, which seeks to confront ideas of racial difference and perceptions of racial equality. | | Though conflating comparisons of self and Other within a racial context are surely not limited to the American Black Experience and can be examined in myriad global racial milieus, Jarrett’s work is typically centered upon deconstructing, defragmenting, and, in turn, reconstructing and reassembling her personal experiences as a Black woman in America into a visual expression that asks viewers to consider their own roles in present-day race relations. | | Jarrett maintains a studio in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to teach classes in art at Portland State University's School of Art + Design. She exhibits nationally and currently has work in... Read More →
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Lehua Taitano

Lehua M. Taitano, a native Chamoru from Yigo, Guåhan (Guam), is a queer writer and interdisciplinary artist. She is the author of A Bell Made of Stones (poems, TinFish Press) a chapbook of short fiction, appalachiapacific, winner of the 2010 Merriam-Frontier Award, and a chapb... Read More →



Friday October 20, 2017 2:00pm - 3:50pm
Poetry Center Conference Room 207 Poetry Center

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