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Critical Acts: Decoding Art and Performance
Critical Acts: Decoding Art and Performance
WhenWednesday, Mar. 1, 2017, 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Come join IAS and IAS faculty Jade Power-Sotomayor, Thea Quiray Tagle, and Anida Yoeu Ali or a dynamic forum and discussion about art-making, power and representation. While much has been done to raise awareness about offensive representations of women, people of color, immigrants, queer folks and alter-abled bodies, we are constantly encountering this imagery in our daily lives in subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways. Many of us hear "jokes" whose punch-lines rely on xenophobic, islamophobic, or transphobic beliefs, and are expected to "loosen-up" and not "take things so seriously." We have also become keenly aware and suspicious of the ways in which these Othered bodies are used in marketing and advertisement to send messages about "acceptance" and "diversity" that often don't promise equality and improved life quality for those same bodies. At the same time, artists and performers continue to create works that challenge and undermine these images and acts, sometimes by critically deploying the same language and imagery. How can we become attuned to decode the various ways that representation functions in relationship to power? And how can the UWB campus engage and foster art, performance and other creative activities that contribute to complex ways of thinking and seeing?

Campus locationActivities and Recreation Center
Campus roomActivities and Recreation Center Overlook (2nd Floor)
Event typesLectures/Seminars
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