July 1, 2019 - July 13, 2019
In the 16th century, the Spanish empire was known as the most powerful empire in the world. It extended throughout the Americas and throughout the Philippine archipelago in Asia. The effects of Spanish colonialism and imperialism have had a lasting influence on its subjects and have shaped traditions, values, language, food, fashion, and beliefs. Latinxs and Filipinxs share a cultural kinship rooted in colonialism that extends past the history of this mutual Western imperial power and the geographic location of their homeland. This cultural exchange challenges audiences to reconsider ethnic identity outside of race. Cultural Cousins situates 10 artists of Philippine and Latin descent, to lay out their personal histories alongside one another in a space decorated to resemble a sala, establishing that we are family. The show features elements of photography, painting, mixed media, and sculpture, which contribute to the navigation of cultural identity and personal histories. These artists represent a small fragment of a myriad of experiences and narratives of the Latinx and Filipinx diaspora.
Cultural Cousins features the work of:
Emma Noelle Buhain
Jeanne F. Jalandoni
Emely Francesca Perez
Maia Cruz Palileo
Cultural Cousins: a show of Latinx and Filipinx artists is made possible in part with public funds from Creative Engagement, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by LMCC. And ChaShaMa for providing a space to present.