Curated by Steph Littlebird Fogel and Kayla Palisoc. Designed and Assisted by Nica Aquino.
Opening Thursday, October 1, 2020, 12AM (PST)
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The erasure of Indigenous communities and stories have been at the forefront of Western globalization. In a society that whitewashes and homogenizes cultures, Untold Parallels examines the differences and similarities within the colonial histories of the so-called Philippines and Filipinx-American diaspora, and colonized people Indigenous to “North America.”
Since the beginning of US colonization, our country has been in a constant state of criticality, civil unrest and the sharing of misconstrued information; in turn, Indigenous peoples' rich stories and histories are oftentimes dismissed and buried underneath the agenda of those with political power.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples Day (in the US) and Filipinx-American History Month, Untold Parallels amplifies our stories in order to display and protect the intersections of our shared grief, joy, resilience and colonizer.
Steph Littlebird Fogel is an artist, writer, curator and registered member of Oregon’s Grand Ronde Confederated Tribes. Fogel earned her B.F.A. in Painting and Printmaking from the Pacific Northwest College in Portland, Oregon and currently resides in Las Vegas.
She is known for vibrant imagery that combines traditional totem styles of her Indigenous ancestors with contemporary illustration aesthetics. Topics of Fogel’s work often touch upon issues of contemporary tribal identity, cultural survivance, and responsible ecology.
Fogel has received three separate grants from the Art + Sci Initiative, and is a recent recipient of an Oregon Cultural Trust Writing Grant. Her work has been featured by the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.), the Environmental Protection Agency (E.P.A.) and the United States Postal Service.
Kayla Palisoc is a cultural producer, community manager and curator based in Los Angeles who explores how art lives in spaces and relationships, especially among non-traditional creatives.
Kayla is best known for her community organizing and programming development among arts nonprofits and philanthropic foundations in Los Angeles, including Nous Tous by Citizens of Culture, Snap Foundation, Avenue 50 Studio, Las Fotos Project & the Getty Museum.
A rookie to arts curation, she first co-curated an art exhibition titled No Longer Negotiable in 2017 that explored the constant emotional weight people of color endure as they navigate the systems of oppression inherently linked with their existence. Kayla is highly interested in deepening her knowledge of the Filipinx diaspora and how the shortcomings of arts institutions can help structure her own nonprofit in the future.