A collaborative project with QUEEROCRACY commissioned by Risk + Reward, a program of the Museum of Art and Design in New York.
To highlight the issues faced by queer immigrants in the United States, the grassroots organization QUEEROCRACY in collaboration with Carlos Motta presented A New Discovery: Queer Immigration in Perspective. The two-day event was composed of a social intervention-based performance held on Columbus Day (October 10), 2011 at Columbus Circle in New York City (video documentation above), where we collectively read excerpts of the A Timeline of Queer Immigration; and a panel discussion with leading queer immigration activists that took place at the Museum of Art and Design on October 15, 2011.
A New Discovery: Queer Immigration in Perspective attempted to bring attention to the way immigrant and queer politics intersect in the public sphere in ways that both confront, challenge and transform the state mechanisms that police borders and bodies in the United States. This dialogue strives to generate new ideas on how to better make a difference in the lives of queer people around the world
A TIMELINE OF QUEER MIGRATIONS AND A SOCIAL INTERVENTION-BASED PERFORMANCE
A Timeline of Queer Migrations is an attempt to compile key events regarding queer immigration, although international in scope, it is mostly centered around U.S. legal and cultural issues.
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A PUBLIC DISCUSSION ABOUT QUEER IMMIGRATION IN THE UNITED STATES
On October 15, 2011 at 5pm, we gathered at the auditorium of the Museum of Art and Design to have a public conversation with Felipe Baeza, New York State Youth Leadership Council; Hector Canonge, CINEMAROSA; Camilo Godoy, QUEEROCRACY; Jackie Vimo, activist and PhD Candidate in Politics The New School for Social Research; Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal; and a video address by Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Movement International. Carlos Motta moderated the event.
A TIMELINE OF QUEER IMMIGRATION BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
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