From Standing Rock to St. Louis

Matt Kalasky invited Kathy Cho to guest-write today's Reader Advisor column and we're delighted to have her voice featured on Artblog. – Artblog Editor

Officers at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.
Officers at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation.

A very special Reader Advisor this week featuring links and words from guest author Kathy Cho. Kathy is an artist and collaborator whose artistic and curatorial practices focus on affect theory, affective labor, and archiving lived experience. Her work manifests in fictionalized narratives created with objects, images, writings, and events. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recently co-curated shows for ACRE Projects in Chicago and High Tide Gallery in Philadelphia. She currently lives and works in Philadelphia.

For this week’s Reader Advisor, I was thinking a lot about creating and sharing space and content, and what it feels like for any marginalized group to see yourself represented and acknowledged within those contexts.

In the midst of the No DAPL protests in North Dakota resulting in “mass arrests, mace attacks, and beatings from batons, a stampede of bison suddenly appeared near the Standing Rock protest camp. A cry of joy reportedly erupted from the Standing Rock Sioux, as they had been praying for assistance from the Tatanka Oyate during their standoff with riot police and national guardsmen.”
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A protester who has been on site at Standing Rock posted publicly on their Facebook page about this article to clarify: “The Cow Creek Spirit Nation riders were the ones herding the buffalo as part of the blockade and one of their horses was shot and by the authorities and had to be put down in the process…”
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RIP Vine, I never used you but you definitely created a lot of creative, visceral, and viral content that eventually reached me through Twitter, Facebook, Youtube compilations, etc., all the while incubating and launching the careers of a lot of black and brown talent. Remember “on fleek”?
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The controversy at St. Louis’ Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) continues to unfold as a cultural institution is forced to publicly address questions such as “Can an institution reflect the world around it if it is not made up of community members from the world around it? And what does the community do when it realizes that it is not being represented within the structures, activities, and content of the museum?”
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I recently received my copy of the inaugural print issue created by gal-dem, which is primarily an online space for “women of colour to not only discuss the issues they face as a result of their race or cultural differences but the art they create, their political views and showcasing their broad spectrum of talents and interests.” I am a little over halfway through the hefty magazine and I can say that the irl version has not disappointed.
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I don’t know how many conversations I’ve had with other artists and peers who have spent time switching sides between “I would love to go back to school to get an MFA, I know this is exactly what I want to do” vs. “What am I thinking? How could I possibly go into more debt for something that will most likely not make up for itself monetarily?” I must admit, however, I didn’t know that there were this many fully funded MFA programs in the US.
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