Curatorial Statement (unabridged)Jan Christian Bernabe Sarita Echavez See
Aug 2013 Criticism CA+T
Jan Christian Bernabe
Based in Chicago, Jan Christian Bernabe is an interdisciplinary scholar of Asian American art history and visual culture, comparative race and ethnic studies, and queer cultural studies. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in the Program in American Culture and a B.A. from Bates College in Religion and Interdisciplinary Studies.
He is finishing up a manuscript on Filipino American time-based art practices as cultural and historical critiques of United States-Philippines post/colonial relations and U.S imperial visual regimes and knowledge production.
He is also an interdisciplinary artist and uses new media and digital imaging technologies to create artwork that captures his interests in queer bodies, affects, spaces, and temporalities. He is attracted to vernacular digital image-making and primarily uses cameras, imaging equipment, and computer and smart phone applications that are at his immediate disposal (nothing too fancy or expensive).
Explore more of Jan's work on his website: janchristianbernabe.com.
Photograph by George Bernabe.
Sarita Echavez See
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Sarita Echavez See was born in New York City but raised as an "embassy brat" moving from city to city around the world. She received her B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she first became involved with U.S. women of color politics, especially the arts and culture movement. She obtained her Ph.D. in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. While studying in New York City, she met the Filipino American artists and writers who inspired and continue to inspire her teaching and scholarship. In 2013, she joined the faculty of the University of California, Riverside, where she is an associate professor of Media and Cultural Studies. She previously taught at Williams College, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of California, Davis. Her research and teaching interests include Asian American and Filipino American cultural critique, postcolonial and empire studies, narrative, and theories of gender and sexuality. She is the author of the book-length study The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance (University of Minnesota Press, 2009), in which she argues that contemporary Filipino American forms of aesthetic and performative abstraction powerfully expose and indict the history of American imperialism as itself a form of abstraction. She is at work on the book-length project “Against Accumulation,” which is a study of the politics of accumulation in the American museum and university and of the politics of anti-accumulation in Filipino American theatre, writing, and visual art. She was one of the core organizers of the 2011 conference "Critical Ethnic Studies and the Future of Genocide" held at the University of California, Riverside, and she has served as a member of the working board of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association. In her work with the Center for Art and Thought and its focus on the contemporary medium of the digital, she envisions CA+T to be a transnational venue for more meaningful, reciprocal encounters between artists and scholars, and she is committed to fostering new forms of literacy, rather than tutelage, and to the transformation, rather than the mere transmission and replication, of knowledge.
- Born: New York, NY, USA
- Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA