We are proud to announce Paul Turouent's involvement in the Symposium En Transito | In Transit happening in Tucson November 2, 2017 — 9:00 am - 5:00 pm at The Arizona Historical Society.
The Symposium Anchors in the Sonoran Desert borderlands and draws together artists, activists, and academics for a series of cross-disciplinary conversations and collaborations. Turounet was invited to speak on the themes of art, migration, and resistance through the lens of his work, now on view at MOCA Tucson. A framework for the Symposium follows:
While the United States, Mexico, and Central America’s Northern Triangle are separated by geopolitical borders, they are linked by the migratory movements and flows of people, goods, and ideas. This has long been the case, and yet our contemporary moment is marked by increasingly divisive political rhetoric, widespread precarity, and deadly migratory journeys. Art about the border not only reflects this present landscape, it also seeks to challenge and undermine the neocolonial systems and structures that enable these rhetorical, visual, and physical violences. Anchored in the Sonoran Desert borderlands and drawing on practices from different regions of the U.S., Mexico, and the Northern Triangle, art about the border coheres around questions of resistance and social transformation in relation to transnational migration and human rights. Ultimately, through different visual strategies, these artworks invite a consideration of the possibilities for art to facilitate public dialogue about our current political landscape, imagine new points of convergence, and encourage alternative modes of visual and sensual perception.
Learn more about In Transit | En Transito.