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November 20, 2019
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The Curse Of La Llorona, Part 3 (Bernadette Calafell And Stefanie Fajardo)

The following is the third installment of a three-part series. The first can be found here. The second is here. Post/Colonialism in the Film There are not only unequal and exploitative relationships between men and women in The Curse of La Llorona, the relationship between whiteness and Mexican bodies and culture…

November 13, 2019
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The Curse Of La Llorona, Part 2 (Bernadette Calafell And Stefanie Fajardo)

The following is the second installment of a three-part series. The first can be found here. Patricia represents elements of La Malinche and a becoming of La Llorona through her desperation and subjugation. In the beginning of the film, Patricia and her two sons are introduced as having a long…

November 6, 2019
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The Curse Of La Llorona, Part 1 (Bernadette Calafell And Stefanie Fajardo)

La Llorona as the Space for Discourse Surrounding Colonialism and Motherhood The American psyche is currently saturated with images of children in cages at the southern border and discussions about women’s reproduction and sexual rights. Immigration and women’s bodily autonomy are issues that were a polarizing force in the 2016…

October 27, 2019
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Pussy Riot – Political Affect and Religious Feelings, Part 2 (Vasilina Orlova)

The following is the second of a two-part series. The first can be found here. The possibility of seven-year sentences for the perpetrators in colorful dresses was discussed as too benevolent a punishment in such circumstances. At the same time, state officials suggested that to keep women in custody was…

October 22, 2019
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Pussy Riot – Political Affect and Religious Feelings, Part 1 (Vasilina Orlova)

The following is the first of a two-part series. On February 21, 2012 the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot staged a performance in the Christ the Savior Cathedral, Moscow, 2012. Three members of the group were arrested, accused of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and sentenced to two years…

October 15, 2019
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Participatory Reception – First Person Perspective In Horror Films And Video Games, Part 2 (Shelagh Rowan-Legg)

The following is the second installment of a two-part series. The first can be found here. In describing this kind of cinema Craig writes, “when choosing subjectsfor a title, the direct cinema producer seeks out situations that require intense involvement from the focal characters, thus rendering the camera an innocuous…

October 1, 2019
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Participatory Reception – First Person Perspective In Horror Films And Video Games, Part 1 (Shelagh Rowan-Legg)

The film/game creates a kind of avatar for the spectator/gamer, who then becomes part of the story directly.

September 17, 2019
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How Political Art That Works…Works (Margot Mitchell-Nockowitz)

In the 2017 Whitney Museum Biennial, contemporary painter Dana Schutz’s contributing work “Open Casket” (2016) was set to be exhibited for an allotted time of 18 weeks.  It was hung with and in between the multimedia works by other artists, all of which were meant to be in a curatorial…

September 9, 2019
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Duchamp – A Liberating Lineage For Social Art Practice, Part 2 (Jacquelynn Baas)

The following is the second of a two-part series.  The first can be found here. My thanks to curator Mary Jane Jacob and artist Ernesto Pujol for their skillful editing of this text. Pujol originally proposed the topic of the essay, which will be published in 2018 as part of…

September 1, 2019
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Duchamp – A Liberating Lineage For Social Art Practice, Part 1 (Jacquelynn Baas)

The following is the first of a two-part series. My thanks to curator Mary Jane Jacob and artist Ernesto Pujol for their skillful editing of this text. Pujol originally proposed the topic of the essay, which will be published in 2018 as part of the School of the Art Institute…