Mónica-Enríquez-Enríquez: Film Screening & Director’s Talk
MÓNICA ENRÍQUEZ-ENRÍQUEZ is a queer person of color, born and raised in Colombia who migrated to the U.S. in 2001. She has an M.F.A in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California Santa Cruz. Her interdisciplinary interests include community based video installations, community art and issues of migration and anti-criminalization. Her project Fragments of Migration interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity. Un/binding desires documents the stories of queer immigrants and children of immigrant parents around issues of belonging, desire and identity. Art is for her a site for community activism and participation as well as a site to question institutional oppression and challenge normative constructions of gender, desire, citizenship and nation.
Mónica's work has been screened at the Women of Color Film Festival at UC Santa Cruz, the Queer Women of Color Film Festival in San Francisco, the Pittsburgh Contemporary Queer Cinemas Project, and the prestigious Frameline: The San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival. Her 2004 documentary A Journey Home—about queer Latina lesbians in the San Francisco Bay Area— won the Best Lesbian Film Award at the International Latino Film Festival. Her installation pieces have been shown in numerous immigrant, queer, and anti-violence community centers in both rural and urban spaces, as well as community galleries. Mónica's political and ethical commitment to making her art relevant and accessible to the communities she is in conversation with guides her production and exhibition practices.
Screenings will include:
escrito, 2007, 2 min: poetically gestures to the contradictions of what it means to be a queer immigrant in the U.S.
entre nos, 2012: queer migrants survivors of violence speak amongst themselves ("entre nos") about what being undocumented in the U.S. means and the devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration.
un/binding desires, 2011: develops the idea of “marginal desires” and displays images of bondage as an expression of queer difference. These images accompany the audio based conversations with queer migrants and queers who explore their parents’ histories of migration while speaking about their own desires. By destabilizing the accessibility of U.S. history of migration through making a space for these marginal desires and literally re-reading such history, this piece invites you to question the ways in which migration and desire are usually represented.
fragments of migration installation, 2008: This piece interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity.
intimate margins installation, 2007: By interweaving intimate conversations among undocumented lesbians, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.
work in progress: fragments of conversations with a queer migrant as she journeys back "home" horizontally juxtaposed with the words of a queer young person of color speaking about homelessness, criminalization and sex work.
What is the relationship between queer media and queer activism? How have queers, trans* folks, feminists, people of color, poor people, and people with disabilities harnessed media production practices in the service of social justice activism? How have local Philadelphia artists, activists, and academics mobilized to create films, video artworks, performances, training workshops, and courses that stretch beyond the local context and into the transnational public sphere? The Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series examines the relationship between queer activism and queer media production through film screenings, lectures by transnational video artists, roundtables on social justice media making, live performances, and discussions about oral history media projects. The Philadelphia Queer Media Activism Series explores these questions through a multimedia, multidisciplinary, and multi-sited series of events around Philadelphia during March and April 2013.
ALL EVENTS ARE FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
This series is generously supported by Giovanni’s Room Bookstore; The Rotunda; the William Way LGBT Community Center; Temple University’s Film and Media Arts, Latin American Studies, Tyler Visual Studies, and Women’s Studies departments; Temple University’s Queer Student Union and General Activity Fees; Drexel University’s Culture and Communication department; and the University of Pennsylvania’s Art History, Cinema Studies, Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies, History, Latin American & Latino Studies, and Visual Studies departments as well as the Penn Humanities Forum.
Want to get involved with the series? Have a question? Want copies of fliers to help publicize events? Check out our website (phillyqueermedia.com), or email the Director Cathy Hannabach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission is FREE