SHORT: Tania Bruguera: "Immigrant Movement International"
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This ART21 Exclusive series episode features Immigrant Movement International (IMI), an ongoing project initiated by artist Tania Bruguera in 2010, located in Corona, Queens, New York. IMI functions as a community space where art and education are used to empower immigrants personally and politically. Bruguera says that by engaging with contemporary art "[immigrants] understand how to work from their fear and the limitations they put on themselves once they enter this country." Artist Aliza Nisenbaum, who taught an English class at IMI using art, painted portraits of her students. "A lot of these women are people that hide in some way," says Nisenbaum. "I was trying to give a sense of agency to the women that were here in terms of finding their voice, in terms of art, and in terms of basic English skills." Members of Tletlpapalotzin, an Aztec dance group, perform a traditional ceremony at IMI's Community Celebration Day and discuss their experiences as immigrants living in New York City. "For me being in a ceremony gives me the strength to go forward day to day," says Tletlpapalotzin member Ana Ramirez. "It gives me pleasure to work together with my family of the Tletlpapalotzin group."
CREDITS: Producer: Ian Forster. Consulting Producer: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Interview: Wesley Miller & Susan Sollins. Camera: Jarred Alterman, Rafael Salazar & Ava Wiland. Sound: Richard Gin & Merce Williams. Editor: Morgan Riles. Artwork Courtesy: Tania Bruguera & Aliza Nisenbaum. Special Thanks: Neshi Galindo, Immigrant Movement International, Queens Museum, Ana Ramirez, Vero Ramirez & Tletlpapalotzin. Theme Music: Peter Foley.
ART21 Exclusive is supported, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; 21c Museum Hotel, and by individual contributors.