All are welcome to attend this FREE, midday artist talk.
Alejandro T. Acierto will discuss his recent body of work that draws on the photographic and ephemeral archive from the era of US colonialism in the Philippines as a way to theorize and reimagine historically marginalized bodies through the history of their erasure. Centered around themes of the breath and survival, Acierto employs repurposed and transformed archival objects, fabricated mythologies, and reimagined “historical” ephemera as ways to investigate the breath as though it were part of anthropological study. Within this body of work, he articulates mechanisms of bodily control through these material histories and expands upon these archives and ephemera so as to assert other ontologies of being.
Alejandro T. Acierto is an artist and musician whose work is largely informed by the breath, the voice, and the processes that enable them. He has exhibited artworks at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Issue Project Room, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois State University Galleries, SOMArts and presented performance works at Rapid Pulse Performance Art Festival, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival, Center for Performance Research, and Center for New Music and Technology. Noted for his “insatiable” performance by the New York Times, Acierto has performed extensively throughout the US and abroad and can be heard on Carrier, Albany, New Focus, Parlour Tapes+, and Avant Media Records and has issued a solo record on Prom Night Records. He was also a recipient of the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis at the Darmstadt Festival for New Music with Ensemble Dal Niente, with whom he is a founding member.
Acierto has also held residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Banff Centre, High Concept Laboratories, Chicago Artists’ Coalition and was recently an FT/FN/FG Consortium Fellow and a Center Program Artist at the Hyde Park Art Center. He received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University, an MM from Manhattan School of Music, an MFA in New Media Arts from University Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is an Artist in Residence for Creative Practice in Critical Race Studies at Michigan State University.
Image: Breakstrain (detail), 2016