We Occupy/ We Dis-cover
November 13, 2021
ASU Art Museum | Tempe
In response to and part of the Undoing Time: Art and Histories of Incarceration exhibition, a group of community justice scholars, artists, and ASU graduate students are taking over the museum to unseat, dis-locate, and de-center notions of safety, imprisonment, and control. Welcome to this day of interventions, conversations, and performances. Our hope is that after engaging in this transformative community work focused on mass incarceration, you will leave with full hearts and minds. These group members are participants in Art and Justice (ARA 591), an ASU School of Art course co-taught by associate professor Gregory Sale and senior curator Julio César Morales. Their work for this event and in this course is supported by the Future IDs Art and Justice Leadership Cohort through a grant from ASU Institute for Humanities Research.
(But) We Are SEEDS
Alicia Rojas , Yvette Serrano, Miguel Monzón, Bria Thompson and Jared Peterson
Durational performance and installation
Location: ASU Art Museum | Tempe
(But) We Are SEEDS honors those that have lost their lives in ICE detention (2003-2021). The installation is inspired by a Dia De Los Muertos altar, which commemorates seven children who died in ICE custody. In a durational performance, the names of adults that similarly lost their lives in custody will be penned on the pillars that visitors will pass as they walk into the museum, leading up to the phrase, “They tried to bury us, but they didn’t know we are seeds.” The visitors were gifted semilla packets to encourage them to continue to honor these lost lives after leaving the exhibition.