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Memory and nostalgia

"A particular kind of nostalgia, often found under imperialism, where people mourn the passing of what they themselves have transformed. Imperialist nostalgia thus revolves around a paradox: a person kills somebody and then mourns his or her victim." -- Renato Rosaldo, "Imperialist Nostalgia" (1989)

 

"There are lieux de mémoire, sites of memory, because there are no longer milieux de mémoire, real environments of memory." -- Pierre Nora, "Between Memory and History: Les Lieux de Mémoire" (1989)

 

"Remembering and telling the truth about terrible events are prerequisites both for the restoration of the social order and for the healing of individual victims."-- Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery (1992)

Somewhere Nowhere 7

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 8 in. x 8 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

b. 1984
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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
  • Based: Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Somewhere Nowhere 4

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 12 in. x 17 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
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Somewhere Nowhere 3

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 8 in x 18 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
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Somewhere Nowhere 2

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 8 in. x 12 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

b. 1984
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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
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Somewhere Nowhere 1

Lek Borja

2011 Silver gelatin print and manual cutouts. 16 in. x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Lek Borja

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Lek Borja is an interdisciplinary artist and poet based in Los Angeles, CA. Her writings have appeared in US and international journals: Lantern Review, San Francisco Press’s Lady Jane Miscellany, REM Magazine, and Society for Curious Thought, among others. Her chapbook of experimental poetry, Android, was acquired by the Yale University Library for their special collections and is available at Plan B Press. She has exhibited or will be exhibiting her art works in Los Angeles and out-of-state galleries: the Loft at Liz’s, the Hi-Lite, and FrontierSpace. She can be contacted at www.lekborjastudio.com.

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  • Born: Tarlac, Philippines
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Remove All Dads

Michelle Peñaloza

2014 Poem. Courtesy of the author. TriQuarterly 145 (Winter/Spring).

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Michelle Peñaloza

b. 1983

Michelle Peñaloza grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and earned her M.F.A. from the University of Oregon. Her poetry has appeared most recently in TriQuarterly, Hobart, The Weekly Rumpus, Hyphen, and INCH. She is a Jack Straw Writer, the recipient of the Miriam McFall Starlin Poetry Award from the University of Oregon, fellowships from Kundiman, the Richard Hugo House, and Oregon Literary Arts, as well as scholarships from VONA Voices, Vermont Studio Center, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and the Napa Valley Writers' Conference. She lives in Seattle, currently hard at work on her latest project, landscape / heartbreak.

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  • Born: Detroit, MI, USA
  • Based: Nashville, TN, USA
  • Also Based in: Seattle, WA, USA

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Cover

Mik Gaspay

2012 Print. 50 in. x 36 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Mik Gaspay

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Mik Gaspay is an interdisciplinary artist who primarily works with found objects, painting and sculpture. His practice investigates translated meanings of commonplace products and structures: drawing from the tension between functionality, purpose and language he conjures up expressions fused from readymade signification, history and uncertainty. His work queries for meanings embedded in the materials within objects we consume and encompass our lives with.

Mik Gaspay was born in Quezon City, Philippines and migrated to Palo Alto, California at the age of 9. He received a B.F.A. in Illustration/Design from the California College of Arts and Crafts and later attended the California College of the Arts for his M.F.A. He currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

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  • Born: Quezon City, Philippines
  • Based: San Francisco, CA, USA

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Santelmo

Elaine Castillo

Apr 17, 2014 - Apr 17, 2014 Essay. Courtesy of the author.

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Elaine Castillo

b. 1984
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Elaine Castillo was born in the San Francisco Bay Area and currently lives in southeast London. Her writing can be found or is forthcoming at make/shift magazine, The Rumpus, [PANK] Magazine and Feminist Review, among others. She is also a board member of Digital Desperados, a Glasgow-based film collective for women of color. At the end of March, one of her short films was screened at The Future Weird, a Brooklyn-based film series run by Derica Shields and Megan Eardly, devoted to films exploring non-Western futurisms. She is currently at work on a novel, A Filipineia.

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  • Born: San Francisco, CA, USA
  • Based: London, England, UK
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Orientalist Gift Wrap (Malauhog)

Melissa Rosete-Wolfe

2006 Archival pigment ink prints mounted on foam core. 36 in. x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Melissa Rosete-Wolfe

b. 1978

Melissa was born in 1978 in Hollister, CA. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Photography and Southeast Asian Art History. Since then, she has worked as a photography teacher and non-governmental organization photographer in Cambodia and the US, advocating “creative documentation.” This process provokes community members to contribute to programs they need, increasing program ownership by the community and finally resulting in documentation that will be useful to government, policy makers, and other communities with the same needs. Melissa’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Berlin, Germany; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York and California. Not only an art maker, Melissa is intrigued with the art business world and is a purveyor consultant of Fine Art and Antiques for an auction house in New York City.

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  • Born: Hollister, CA, USA
  • Based: Honolulu, HI, USA

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Orientalist Gift Wrap (Ligo)

Melissa Rosete-Wolfe

2006 Archival pigment ink prints mounted on foam core. 36 in. x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

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Melissa Rosete-Wolfe

b. 1978

Melissa was born in 1978 in Hollister, CA. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with a B.F.A. in Photography and Southeast Asian Art History. Since then, she has worked as a photography teacher and non-governmental organization photographer in Cambodia and the US, advocating “creative documentation.” This process provokes community members to contribute to programs they need, increasing program ownership by the community and finally resulting in documentation that will be useful to government, policy makers, and other communities with the same needs. Melissa’s work has been exhibited in galleries in Berlin, Germany; Chicago, Illinois; New York City, New York and California. Not only an art maker, Melissa is intrigued with the art business world and is a purveyor consultant of Fine Art and Antiques for an auction house in New York City.

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  • Born: Hollister, CA, USA
  • Based: Honolulu, HI, USA

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