February 11, 2021

A note ABOUT THE ILLUSTRATED SYMBOLS, “TOOLS FOR UNCERTAINTY”

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  • English Español The exercise of illustrating something is directly related to the interpretation of the illustrator. Everything that can be seen and touched, what can be felt, when brought to a paper, will reflect the unique touch of the illustrator. Naturally, translating into symbols a…
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    February 11, 2021

    The Conciliation Project

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  • English Español As a commissioned project for Commonwealth, The Conciliation Project (TCP) created a new performance titled COMMON/wealth & COMMON/debt. TCP is a non-profit social justice theatre company with a mission “to promote​ through active and challenging dramatic work open and honest dialogue about racism…
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    February 11, 2021

    The Common Wealth of Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom

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  • English Español Prologue Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary defines “commonwealth” as “a nation, state, or other political unit: as one founded on law and united by compact or tacit agreement of the people for the common good; one in which supreme authority is vested in the people.”…
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    February 11, 2021

    Carolina Caycedo

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In image: Carolina Caycedo, Distressed Debt, 2020. Photo: David Hale. For Commonwealth, Carolina Caycedo created an installation of hanging fabric panels that synthesize historical documents from Virginia, Puerto Rico,…
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    February 10, 2021

    Tanya Lukin Linklater and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge

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  • English Español Commonwealth includes only one pre-existing work—the sculpture Indigenous geometries (2019) by Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq) and Tiffany Shaw-Collinge (Métis)—which was originally developed for ….and other such stories, the 2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial. The sculpture resembles Alutiiq (Alaska Native) domestic architecture, with hand-bent wooden…
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    February 10, 2021

    San Juan and Philadelphia: In Common, There Is No Wealth

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  • English Español 1 To Flee from Gas and Fly Mid-Pandemic June 1, 2020 The crowd clambers up a slope on the side of the highway. They are fleeing from tear gas thrown by the police. A cloud of asphyxiating, stinging smoke envelops them. They flee,…
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    February 10, 2021

    “Surviving between failure and queer/cuir maroon writings”

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  • English Español An hour less. How strange is the time change from latitudes so hot, so Caribbean, so wild? Of course, that time is not ours. Shall we elope? In Puerto Rico “we learned to read the times of nature when the human time was…
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    February 10, 2021

    The World We Want Is Us

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  • English Español Creative team for The World We Want Is Us at the project’s launch. (Left to right): Laura Chow Reeve, Rebecca Keel, Shazza Berhan, and Dustin Klein. Photo: Stephanie Smith Over one weekend in November 2020, words and images of protest and collective care…
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    February 10, 2021

    Reproducing the Commons

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  • English Español As part of the ICA’s early research for this project, Noah Simblist and Stephanie Smith cotaught a seminar on the topic of “commonwealth” for which students read Silvia Federici’s texts on “the commons” and its relationship to feminism. As an extension of this…
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    February 10, 2021

    Mutual Aid and Mutual Confidence in Richmond

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  • English Español Volunteers prepare to move into a new space in September 2020 (Courtesy of MADRVA) Near the interchange of Interstates 64 and 95, and separated by railroad tracks and razor wire from Richmond’s juvenile detention center, there’s a small complex that resembles a kind…
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