PHANTOM SIGHTINGS: ART AFTER THE CHICANO MOVEMENT
LOS ANGELES COUNTY MUSEUM OF ART
"Keepin It Real"— An Open Roundtable Discussion
Tropico de Nopal Gallery, 30 August, 2008
A ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION BETWEEN PHANTOM SIGHTINGS ARTISTS & CURATORS,
OTHER ARTISTS, CRITICS, WRITERS, AND VARIOUS COMMUNITY MEMBERS
CHRISTINA FERNANDEZ, REYES RODRIGUEZ, ARTURO ERNESTO ROMO-SANTILLANO
s a t u r d a y, 30 a u g u s t, 2008
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This was a very real discussion about all the various realities involved in making art and navigating the art market and other institutions for Chicana/o and "post-" Chicana/o artists, curators, and academics.
"Thinking critically from the subjective understanding of the colonial wound takes you into decolonial paradigms of co-existence, while thinking critically from the subjective understanding of imperial leadership keeps you in the paradigm of newness."
—Walter Mignolo, The Idea of Latin America
"Realistically speaking, wounds can never be healed unless they are first made fully visible. Merely covering them up with pretty dressing only makes matters worse, because if we allow them to fester unseen, the disease simply continues to spread, until amputation is unavoidable.
Before long, we are just swinging at each other with the phantom pains of absent limbs."
—René Arriaga, "Mapping Escapes Through the Reality Tunnels of Post-Reality Tunnels of Post-Reality"