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Genders and sexualities

In “The Filipina's Breast: Savagery, Docility and the Erotics of the American Empire,” Nerissa Balce powerfully argues that “the bare brown bosoms of indigenous women were markers of savagery, colonial desire, and a justification for Western imperial rule. A foundational project of European and American imperialisms was the creation of an archive of images of the non-Western other whose inferiority was marked by female nakedness” (Social Text 24.2 [Summer 2006], 89).


These gendered, sexualized, racialized images conflated women and land as imperial possessions and legitimated US (and previously Spanish and Japanese) civilizing missions. Nor was this representation limited to women: Filipino men—albeit according to different tropes—were also archived by empire as gendered, sexualized and racialized objects.


In taking “genders and sexualities” as a topic, we gesture towards not only the complications of contemporary negotiations and constructions of “masculinity,” “femininity,” “heterosexuality,” “homosexuality” and their many local and global iterations but also to their inevitable entanglement with the histories of colonialism, imperialism, militarization, globalization and capitalism.

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Gina Osterloh

2014 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist

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Gina Osterloh

b. 1973

Gina Osterloh is a Los Angeles-based artist whose practice embodies photography, film, performance, and drawing as a site for questions of visibility, perception, and being. Osterloh cites her experience of growing up mixed-race in Ohio as a set of formative experiences that led her to photography and larger questions of how a viewer perceives difference.  Her 2012 exhibition Anonymous Front, at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, featured a documentary video essay on physical blindness, perception, and identity, created with the blind massage therapist cooperative in Manila, Philippines called New Vision. The foundations for this documentary project with New Vision was made possible by a Fulbright Research Grant in 2008. Other exhibitions include solo exhibitions Gina Osterloh at Higher Pictures; Slice, Strike, Make an X, Prick! at François Ghebaly Gallery; Nothing to See Here There Never Was at Silverlens Gallery; and group exhibitions Energy Charge: Connecting to Ana Mendieta at Arizona State University Museum, This is Not America: Resistance, Protest and Poetics at Arizona State University Museum, Demolition Women at the Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University. Osterloh has exhibited internationally in places such as Hong Kong, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Indonesia, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. Her work has been reviewed in The New Yorker Magazine, Art in America, Art Forum Critic’s Pick, Hyphen Magazine, Art Asia Pacific, Asian Art News, Giant Robot, and KCET Artbound, among others.

 

Osterloh has taught courses and workshops in photography, video, and performance art at the University of California San Diego, CalArts, Otterbien University, California State University of Fullerton and Long Beach, and Santa Ana College to name a few.

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  • Born: Texas, USA
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Also Based in: Ohio, USA

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Breakfast in Bed

Kenneth Tam

2016 HD video, color, sound, 32 minutes Installation view Courtesy of the artist

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Kenneth Tam

b. 1982

Kenneth Tam is an artist who uses sculpture and video to explore his interests, which include Abercrombie and Fitch, public restrooms, and the films of Tsai Ming-Liang. He recently had a solo show at Night Gallery in 2013, and he was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant the same year.

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  • Born: New York, NY, USA
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Breakfast in Bed

Kenneth Tam

2016 HD video, color, sound, 32 minutes Installation view Courtesy of the artist

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Kenneth Tam

b. 1982

Kenneth Tam is an artist who uses sculpture and video to explore his interests, which include Abercrombie and Fitch, public restrooms, and the films of Tsai Ming-Liang. He recently had a solo show at Night Gallery in 2013, and he was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant the same year.

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Breakfast in Bed

Kenneth Tam

2016 HD video, color, sound, 32 minutes Installation view Courtesy of the artist

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Kenneth Tam

b. 1982

Kenneth Tam is an artist who uses sculpture and video to explore his interests, which include Abercrombie and Fitch, public restrooms, and the films of Tsai Ming-Liang. He recently had a solo show at Night Gallery in 2013, and he was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant the same year.

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  • Born: New York, NY, USA
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Breakfast in Bed

Kenneth Tam

2016 HD video, color, sound, 32 minutes Installation view Courtesy of the artist

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Kenneth Tam

b. 1982

Kenneth Tam is an artist who uses sculpture and video to explore his interests, which include Abercrombie and Fitch, public restrooms, and the films of Tsai Ming-Liang. He recently had a solo show at Night Gallery in 2013, and he was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant the same year.

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  • Born: New York, NY, USA
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Hunks

Kenneth Tam

2010 Concrete, Abercrombie & Fitch paper shopping bags 11" × 38" × 38" Courtesy of the artist

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Kenneth Tam

b. 1982

Kenneth Tam is an artist who uses sculpture and video to explore his interests, which include Abercrombie and Fitch, public restrooms, and the films of Tsai Ming-Liang. He recently had a solo show at Night Gallery in 2013, and he was a recipient of an Art Matters Grant the same year.

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  • Born: New York, NY, USA
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Eve's Mistress

Angela Peñaredondo

2016 Digital video recording Duration: 1m 11s Courtesy of the artist

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Angela Peñaredondo

b. 1979

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx poet and artist (on other days, she identifies as a usual ghost, subdued comet, or part-time animal). Her first full-length book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, 2016) is the winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. She is the author of a chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications, 2015). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review, South Dakota Review, Dusie and elsewhere. She is a VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fellow as well as a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, the Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Naropa University’s Zora Neal Hurston Award, Squaw Valley Writers Fellowship, and Fishtrap Fellowship. She has received scholarships from Tin House, Split This Rock, Dzanc Books' International Literary Program, and others.

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  • Born: Iloilo City, Philippines
  • Based: Southern California, CA, USA

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Angela Peñaredondo

2016 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist.

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Angela Peñaredondo

b. 1979

Born in Iloilo City, Philippines, Angela Peñaredondo is a Pilipinx poet and artist (on other days, she identifies as a usual ghost, subdued comet, or part-time animal). Her first full-length book, All Things Lose Thousands of Times (Inlandia Institute, 2016) is the winner of the Hillary Gravendyk Poetry Prize. She is the author of a chapbook, Maroon (Jamii Publications, 2015). Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in AAWW’s The Margins, Four Way Review, Cream City Review, Southern Humanities Review, South Dakota Review, Dusie and elsewhere. She is a VONA/Voices of our Nations Art fellow as well as a recipient of a University of California Institute for Research in the Arts Grant, the Gluck Program of the Arts Fellowship, Naropa University’s Zora Neal Hurston Award, Squaw Valley Writers Fellowship, and Fishtrap Fellowship. She has received scholarships from Tin House, Split This Rock, Dzanc Books' International Literary Program, and others.

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  • Born: Iloilo City, Philippines
  • Based: Southern California, CA, USA

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To Become Darna

Rachelle Cruz

2016 Digital video recording Duration: 1m 39s Courtesy of the artist

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Rachelle Cruz

b. 1985

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook SelfPortrait as Rumor and Blood ( Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and coeditor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, An Anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in As/Us , New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books), the Los Angeles Review of Books , Yellow Medicine Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Lit Pub, The Bakery, Stone Highway, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET's Departures Series, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The BloodJet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist. She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from the Philippine American Writers and Arists, Inc (PAWA). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes, and teaches in Southern California.

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: Brea, CA, USA

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To Become Darna (screen capture)

Rachelle Cruz

2016 Screen capture of video performance Courtesy of the artist

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Rachelle Cruz

b. 1985

Rachelle Cruz is from Hayward, California. She is the author of the chapbook SelfPortrait as Rumor and Blood ( Dancing Girl Press, 2012) and coeditor with Melissa Sipin of Kuwento: Lost Things, An Anthology of Philippine Myths (Carayan Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in As/Us , New California Writing 2013 (Heyday Books), the Los Angeles Review of Books , Yellow Medicine Review, Jet Fuel Review, The Lit Pub, The Bakery, Stone Highway, The Collagist, Bone Bouquet, PANK Magazine, Muzzle Magazine, Splinter Generation, KCET's Departures Series, and Inlandia: A Literary Journey, among others. She hosts The BloodJet Writing Hour on Blog Talk Radio, and is the Podcast Editor at The Collagist. She is a recent recipient of the Manuel G. Flores Scholarship from the Philippine American Writers and Arists, Inc (PAWA). An Emerging Voices Fellow, a Kundiman Fellow and a VONA writer, she lives, writes, and teaches in Southern California.

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: Brea, CA, USA

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