moCa has made a renewed commitment to better support the artists with whom we are working by slowing down and getting to know them as individuals and through their creative practices.
Relationship-building is at the heart of this commitment and establishing the Getting to Know You Residency Series is a direct outcome.
Getting to Know You is an annual residency during which moCa works with a single artist on multiple projects over the course of a calendar year. This longform engagement, collaboratively developed by the artist and the museum, can take many different shapes, adapting to the artist’s practice and needs.
Getting to Know Aram Han Sifuentes
This inaugural partnership, kicking off in January 2021, begins with a sharing of Aram’s Voted Despite the System Justice Kits. moCa’s learners can get to know the artist by receiving a physical part of her artistic practice in the mail. Throughout the year, Aram will participate in multiple engagements including a public conversation about voter activation and her Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t project; a Protest Banner-Making workshop; and a contribution to moCa’s Creative Tool Boxes, which are packages of art supplies to support learners offsite.
Stickers by Cute Rage Press (Aram Han Sifuentes and Ishita Dharap). Included in "Voted Despite the System" Justice Kits.
Have a Voting Kit sent to you
moCa’s learners can get to know the artist by signing up to receive a physical part of her artistic practice in the mail.
Tuesday, March 2
Aram takes over moCa’s Instagram. See the world (likely Chicago, where she is based) through her eyes.
Tuesday, March 9, 7PM EST
A conversation with Aram and her artistic collaborators about the ways in which they have activated Official Unofficial Voting Station projects within their own communities.
FREE program. REGISTER HERE
Meet Aram Han Sifuentes
"As an immigrant and a daughter of a seamstress, I learned to sew at age six. It was not a choice but rather a necessity to help my mother earn a living. In this way, sewing has ever since been an important part of me, my body memory, and my politics. Sewing is my medium to investigate identity politics, immigration and immigrant labor, possession and dispossession, citizenship and belonging, dissent and protest, and race politics in the United States.
Aram Han Sifuentas. Photograph by Virginia Harold
My art practice situates itself at the intersection of fiber, social practice, performance, and pedagogy. At the core of my practice, I create socially engaged and materially rich projects in an ‘art world’ environment that are available and accessible for those who are disenfranchised, particularly for dispossessed immigrants of color.
I confront social and racial injustices against the disenfranchised and riff off of official institutions and bureaucratic processes to reimagine new, inclusive, and humanized systems of civic engagement and belonging. I do this by creating participatory and active environments where safety, play, and skill-sharing are emphasized. And even though many of my projects are collaborative and communal in nature, they incite and highlight individual’s experiences, politics, and voice. Much of my communal work revolves around sharing skills as a point of connection. We share sewing techniques, to create multiethnic and intergenerational sewing circles, which become a place for empowerment, subversion and protest."
—Aram Han Sifuentes