Curatorial

2017

Encounters
Center for Art and Thought
www.centerforartandthought.org
March 14 – April 1

Artwork by Katrina Bello, Kat Larson, Gina Osterloh, and Kenneth Tam questions the location of art within a precarious present moment, as their various works imagine, anticipate, stage encounters between ourselves and others, ourselves and the work of art, ourselves and our delirious historical moment.

2016

Talking Bodies
Co-curated with Alex Ratanapratum
Center for Art and Thought
www.centerforartandthought.org
June 1 – July 1

Talking Bodies means literally and doubly. The contributors are “talking bodies”—bodies who speak—as they record themselves digitally. And Talking Bodies also “talks [about] bodies.” As these authors write about bodies, they connect theirs to others and to the global and historical processes that have constituted these bodies. These bodies are corporeal, psychic, and epistemic.

This virtual exhibition captures writers as visual artists, especially in the ways they produce themselves speaking their work for the digital screen.

Contributors include Kimberly Alidio, Jason Bayani, Rachelle Cruz, Kenji C. Liu, Angela Peñaredondo, and Melissa R. Sipin

2014

Hidden
Center for Art and Thought
www.centerforartandthought.org
September 17 – October 22

The virtual exhibition Hidden showcases a range of material, bodily, and sensorial artwork and literature that are tied to each other by their varied attempts at concealment. We associate the word “hidden” with bodies or objects that cannot be seen—things out of sight and perhaps out of mind. But each of these works visually or viscerally transmits the sense that there are mysterious presences hidden or in hiding.

These works invite us to tease out the details and structures that have facilitated their concealment. What is purportedly hidden then emerges in plain sight. Collectively, the works in Hidden capture “absent presences.”

Hidden Postcard

Queer Sites and Sounds @ UCR’s ARTSblock
Center for Art and Thought & Culver Center for the Arts
September 4 – November 1

In the era of the digital, how might we have to queer what we think is queer? In its online and offline versions, the exhibition Queer Sites and Sounds (QSS) proposes that we understand queerness both as an embodied identificatory practice and as a way of relating to digital stories, forms, and literacies. QSS showcases key works by Filipino American artists who contest regimes of new media and digital normativity by challenging how bodies, affects, and processes are conventionally understood and how all are entangled with queer bodies and practices.

Queer Sites and Sounds @ ARTSblock features works by Eliza Barrios, Kiam Marcelo Junio, Kat Larson, Miguel Libarnes, Gina Osterloh, Jeffrey Augustine Songco, and Ronaldo Wilson. Works by additional artists and scholars may be found online at
www.centerforartandthought.org.

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2013

Queer Sites and Sounds – a multiplatform virtual exhibition
Center for Art and Thought
www.centerforartandthought.org
CA+T “Reblogs” Queer Filipino Viral Hits on Tumblr
Queer Filipino Selfies! on Pinterest
Winter 2013/2014

Queer Sites and Sounds  features digital artwork, videos, audio recordings, scholarship, and writing that question the ways that we think of “queer” as an embodied identity and “queer” as it relates to narrative and digital forms and digital literacies. That is, in Queer Sites and Sounds, “queer” is defined broadly to include non-heteronormative genders and sexualities in both Filipino and Western contexts (e.g., LGBTQ, bakla, tomboy) as well as performativity and aesthetics (e.g.,  “kitsch,” “spectacle,” and “camp”) that challenge and go beyond how Filipino bodies, affects, and processes are conventionally understood.

Sea, Land, Air: Migration and Labor
Co-curated with Sarita See
Center for Art and Thought
www.centerforartandthought.org
Summer 2013

Filipinos work everywhere. On the high seas, up in the air, and on the ground. Nurse, sailor, singer, farmer, teacher, maid. These are the icons of globalized Filipino labor today. But where do they come from? Sea, Land, Air: Migration and Labor locates these icons in the circuits of labor that emanate from the Philippines’ and its diaspora’s colonial and imperial histories. At the same time, the exhibition questions what is truthful and what is fictional in the narration of these imperial relations.

2011
Techniques: Contemporary Asian American Time-Based Art
Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik, Kat Larson, and Gina Osterloh
Sheehan Gallery – Whitman College
Walla Walla, WA
January 18 – February 18, 2011

Techniques: Contemporary Asian American Time-Based Art was a group exhibition of Asian American women artists working with time-based multimedia – photography, film, and digital technologies – and site-specific installation artistic practices. The exhibit captured an antireductionist meditation on the continuing importance of identity and race-specific art spaces that promote and celebrate what curator and art critic Susette Min calls “the idiosyncratic landscape of Asian American art.”

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