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A Conversation with Emily Oliveira and Sarah Zapata

Join us for a conversation between Latinx Abstract artist, Sarah Zapata, and ArtFP artist, Emily Oliveira, where they discuss their work, influences, and inspiration. Moderated by scholar Macarena Gómez-Barris.






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Emily Oliveira, Everything Must Go (Lenda Murray Slays the Last Living King and We Awake to Find that We are Figures in Our Own Mythology, In Our Hands, the Tools for a Cosmic Redirection), 2020

Join us as we continue to celebrate our two exhibitions at BRIC, Latinx Abstract and Emily Oliveira: I Saw God and She Wasn't Made of Money. Scholar Macarena Gómez-Barris will lead a conversation with Emily Oliveira (I Saw God and She Wasn’t Made of Money) and Sarah Zapata (Latinx Abstract), two artists currently exhibiting work at BRIC. These two friends will discuss their shared interests in queer futurity, decolonized narratives, drag, and arpilleras.

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Macarena Gómez-Barris (she/her) is Chairperson of the Department of Social Science and Cultural Studies and Director and Founder of the Global South Center at Pratt Institute. She is author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives that theorizes social life through five extractive scenes of ruinous capitalism upon Indigenous territories. Macarena is author of the recently published Beyond the Pink Tide: Art and Political Undercurrents in the Américas, a text of critical hope about the role of submerged art and activisms in troubled times. She is also author of Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile, and co-editor with Herman Gray of Towards a Sociology of a Trace. Macarena has written numerous articles and essays in art catalogues as well as peer reviewed journals, including writing on the work of Julie Mehretu, Laura Aguilar, Carolina Caycedo, Regina José Galindo, Cecilia Vicuña, Francisco Huichaqueo, and Patricio Guzmán.

Emily Oliveira (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist whose work involves craft materials and processes including textiles, beadwork, and embroidery. Oliveira received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI. She has participated in group exhibitions at Brooklyn Brush Studios and the Space Heater Gallery, both in Brooklyn; and at SPRING/BREAK, SLEEPCENTER, and the Museum of Arts and Design, all in NY. She has been awarded residencies at the Museum of Arts and Design, WaveHill, and Ars Nova, all in NY; A.I.R Gallery, Governors Island, NY; and Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY.

Sarah Zapata’s (she/her) sculptures, installations, and performances elicit both the intricacies and intimacies of the body and its social/spatial interrelations. Zapata has had solo exhibitions at Deli Gallery, Museum of Arts and Design, and El Museo del Barrio, all NY; and Museo MATE, Lima, Peru. She has taken part in group exhibitions and has performed at such institutions as MoMA PS1, Long Island City; the Knockdown Center, Queens; 6BASE, Bronx; NADA House, Governor’s Island, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, the Museum of Arts and Design, New Museum, Bard Graduate Center, all NY; and LAXart, Los Angeles, CA. The artist has taken part in residencies at the Museum of Arts and Design and Wave Hill, both NY; and MASS MoCA, North Adams, MA. She received a BFA from The University of North Texas, Denton.

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