Join artist/theorist Maria Cecilia Azar and dance artist Miranda Zapata in their discussion and participatory guided meditation on the process and importance of reclaiming and honoring stories in art and writing. Maria and Miranda share how they implement decolonizing creative practices in academic and non-academic projects. Central to their discussion is a conversation about representations of immigrants in the U.S. in their current work.…Meeting ID: 959 3093 3980
Passcode: 033079

Miranda Zapata was born and raised in San Juan, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Sam Houston State University. After receiving her BFA, Zapata then moved to Los Angeles, California where she danced professionally and taught at a Charter School for underprivileged children for three years. Zapata is a dance artist who draws on personal experiences and current issues to reflect her style. She is currently pursuing her Master of Fine Arts in Dance and certification in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University where she is focusing on creating empathy and awareness towards humanitarian and social justice for minorities through her artistic voice.Maria

Cecilia Azar is a Ph.D. student in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park where she thinks about minoritarian subjectivities with an emphasis on queer diaspora. Her performance, visual, and written work are inspired by her experience and embodied knowledge. Maria Cecilia sees art and theory in constant conversation. In 2019, she published a chapter about recycling practices around the marginalized desert areas around the Salton Sea in Southern California, where she also performed during the Bombay Beach Biennial earlier the same year. Born and raised in Argentina, she has spent the last eighteen years of her life in Southern California before relocating to Maryland.

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This project is part of “Possessing a common logic,” a series of discussions and collaborations between philosophers, theorists, artists, and performers. Curator Jeanette Joy Harris brings together two creative thinkers from different disciplines and invites them to uncover a common logic or underlying thread that connects their practices.Working toward resonances not necessarily similarities and shared ways of thinking not necessarily shared thoughts, the end result is unpredictable. This series aims to imagine new possibilities and projects through difference. It moves away from a purely critical mode of engagement, focusing, instead on creation and construction.This work is funded in part by the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

#LetCreativityHappen19#philosophyoflife#publicphilosophy#artandphilosophy#twudance#dancelife#decolonization#solidarity#decolonize#storywriting#immigration#artandactivism@Houston MOCA @houstonartsalliance @mirandazapata94 @ceciiazar

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