Michelle Dizon Lecture – 7:30 pm 10/19/2015

The Wiesenfeld Visiting Artist Lecture Series Presents:


Artist and filmmaker who makes Filipino histories visible

With an introduction by curator Christina Linden

Co-Sponsored by the Oakland Museum of California
In conjunction with the solo exhibition Drifting Islands

7:30 – 9pm, Monday, October 19th, 2015
160 Kroeber Hall, UC Berkeley Campus
Free and Open to the Public

Michelle Dizon, "Ex Utero", 2015 (still). One-channel video installation.

Michelle Dizon, “Ex Utero”, 2015 (still). One-channel video installation.

Michelle Dizon is an artist, filmmaker, writer, theorist, and educator based in Los Angeles,  California. Born in the United States as part of the Philippine diaspora, Dizon’s life experience has been shaped by the politics of migration across the Pacific Rim. The violence of imperialism and the intimate spaces of resistances within globalization form central pivots in her work which take the form of multi-channel video installations, expanded cinema performances, essay films, photographs, discursive events, pedagogical platforms, and writing.

Dizon has exhibited and lectured internationally at venues such as the Center for Women’s Studies (Zagreb, Croatia), Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain), Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark), Jeu de Paume (Paris, France), IASPIS (Stockholm, Sweden), Metropolitan Museum of Art (Manila, Philippines), Sumaryo Art Space (Jakarta, Indonesia), Vargas Museum (Manila, Philippines), Para/site Art Space (Hong Kong, China), Queens Museum (Queens, United States), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, United States) and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, United States).

“In three video installations on view in the Gallery of California Art, artist Michelle Dizon examines memory, loss, and experiences of displacement for people from many backgrounds, including her own.
“Born and raised in Los Angeles as part of the Philippine diaspora, Dizon makes work that sheds light on the obscured histories that exist in landscape, bodies, and conversation. InDizon‘s 2012 work, Perpetual Peace, footage gathered over four years shows landscapes marked by past conflicts and present exploitations in the Philippines. Her new work Ex Utero presents portraits of several generations of women from her own family who have been affected by breast cancer. Dizon‘s 2008 video Civil Society draws connections between the civil unrest in Los Angeles in 1992 and the outskirts of Paris in 2005.”
– From “Drifting Islands” exhibition text
OMCA, 2015
Dizon is a second-generation Filipino immigrant who lived in the Bay Area for many years but is now based in Los Angeles. Much of her work grapples with Filipino history, attempting to reclaim the past through her own perspective. As a member of a group whose cultural memory has in many ways been erased from American history books, Dizon‘s work emerges from a yearning to gain access to that collective memory through alternative modes of remembering. ‘[I am] looking for that history in landscapes, looking for that history in bodies, in voices, in images,’ said Dizon in a recent interview, ‘and trying to piece together ways of telling a story that I know exists, because I live it, but that doesn’t have words – that hasn’t been given words – because the colonizers are those in power of the story.'”
– Sarah Burke, “Michelle Dizon‘s Drifting Memories”
East Bay Express, 7/29/2015

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