ISCP TalkJune 7, 2022, 6:30–8pm
Past, Present and Future: The Life of a Project
Held in conjunction with the exhibition Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer / Todo Inmigrante Es un Escritor, artist Lizania Cruz, archivist and researcher Yvette Ramírez, and Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights Samah Sisay will discuss individual and collective experiences of Black immigrants and first-generation Black Americans. Ramírez and Sisay have both been involved in Cruz’s project, We the News, a five-year iterative project culminating with the current exhibition at ISCP, on view through August 26, 2022.
Yvette Ramírez is an archivist and researcher from Queens, New York. She is inspired by the power of community-centered archives to further explore the complexities of information transmission and memory within Andean and other diasporic Latinx communities of Indigenous descent. With nearly a decade of experience as an arts administrator, Ramírez has worked alongside community-based and cultural organizations including The Laundromat Project, PEN America, Make The Road New York and New Immigrant Community Empowerment. Currently, she is working towards her PhD at the School of Information at The University of Michigan where she also holds an MSI in Digital Curation and Archives. Ramírez is also a co-founding member of the collective Archivistas en Espanglish.
Samah Sisay is a Bertha Justice Fellow at the Center for Constitutional Rights, New York, where she specializes in international human rights and challenging inhumane immigration policies and abusive police practices. Previously, Sisay worked as an Equal Justice Works Fellow at African Services Committee. During her two-year fellowship, Samah provided legal representation on immigration matters to undocumented Black immigrant women, both transgender and cisgender, who were impacted by gender violence. Samah was born in Liberia and immigrated to the United States with her family at a young age during the country’s civil war. This experience informs her work as an attorney and propelled her to become the first person in her family to attend and graduate college. Samah earned a B.A. in International Affairs at the George Washington University and is a 2018 graduate of New York University School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow.
Lizania Cruz (she/her) is a Dominican participatory artist and designer interested in how migration affects ways of being and belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project Create Change, Robert Blackburn Workshop Studio Immersion Project (SIP), Jerome Hill Artist Fellow, Visual Arts, and Planet Texas 2050 Artist Resident — University of Texas, among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Arlington Arts Center, Arlington; BronxArtSpace, New York; Project for Empty Space, Newark; ArtCenter South Florida, Miami Beach; Jenkins Johnson Project Space, Brooklyn; The August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh; and Sharjah’s First Design Biennale, among others. Recently she was part of ESTAMOS BIEN: LA TRIENAL 20/21 at El Museo del Barrio, the first national survey of Latinx artists by the institution. Cruz was an artist in residence at ISCP in 2022.
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Lizania Cruz: Every Immigrant Is a Writer / Todo Inmigrante Es un Escritor is supported in part by Vision Fund; Hartfield Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council; New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Legislature; Wilhelm Family Foundation; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Woodbury Foundation.