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 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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    December 8, 2020

    The Promise of <br>Common Wealth

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  • English Español How does a Black-owned bank fulfill the true promise of a commonwealth? To explore this question, Philadelphia Contemporary, with the help of local writer Kalela Williams, sought to discover the history of the United Bank of Philadelphia. The rise and fall of water—that…
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    December 8, 2020

    Queering history in After School and Mandinga Times

    Rita Indiana’s new musical project presents an updated version of our narratives about history. The ​After School​ ​video emerges from the pandemic as a cover letter for her new album, Mandinga Times​. Thirteen minutes are enough to unleash the narrative demons of otherness.
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    December 8, 2020

    Firelei Báez

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In the image: (L) Firelei Báez, Moon minded the sun goes farther (to the Daughters of Revolutions, who could fly between the Artibonite and the James River),2020. (R) Monica…
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    November 17, 2020

    Mónica Rodríguez

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  • English Español Installation image, Commonwealth at the Institute for Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020. In image: Mónica Rodríguez, Antilles for the Antilleans, 2020. Photo: David Hale Mónica Rodríguez’s project for Commonwealth is an extension of a larger project, Antilles for the Antilleans in…
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    November 17, 2020

    Common Stakes – Local Perspectives: Beta-Local

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  • English Español When Beta-Local was invited to participate in the collaborative Commonwealth project, our initial response was one of alarm. We went from being alarmed to considering the offer and then deciding to actively participate in it. To begin with, the concept of “commonwealth” means…
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    November 17, 2020

    Richmond Report

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  • English Español Before the George Floyd uprisings, Richmond’s Confederate monuments had seemed inviolable. On the rare occasions that someone burst their sacred bubble with a jagged, spray-painted tag, city or state officials would deploy cleaners to powerwash the grafitti  away. That protesters targeted those sites…
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