Mónica Enríquez-Enríquez is a queer person of color, born and raised in Colombia who migrated to the U.S. in 2001. She has an M.F.A in Digital Arts and New Media from University of California Santa Cruz. Her interdisciplinary interests include community based video installations, community art and issues of migration and anti-criminalization. Her project “fragments of migration” interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity. “un/binding desires” documents the stories of queer immigrants and children of immigrant parents around issues of belonging, desire and identity. Art is for her a site for community activism and participation as well as a site to question institutional oppression and challenge normative constructions of gender, desire, citizenship and nation.
Screenings will include:
escrito, 2007, 2 min: poetically gestures to the contradictions of what it means to be a queer immigrant in the U.S.
entre nos, 2012: queer migrants survivors of violence speak amongst themselves ("entre nos") about what being undocumented in the U.S. means and the devastating impact of law enforcement and immigration enforcement collaboration.
un/binding desires, 2011: develops the idea of “marginal desires” and displays images of bondage as an expression of queer difference. These images accompany the audio based conversations with queer migrants and queers who explore their parents’ histories of migration while speaking about their own desires. By destabilizing the accessibility of U.S. history of migration through making a space for these marginal desires and literally re-reading such history, this piece invites you to question the ways in which migration and desire are usually represented
fragments of migration installation, 2008: This piece interrogates the institution of asylum in the U.S. based on sexual identity and gender identity.
intimate margins installation, 2007: By interweaving intimate conversations among undocumented lesbians, we reclaim political spaces in the margins.
work in progress: fragments of conversations with a queer migrant as she journeys back "home" horizontally juxtaposed with the words of a queer young person of color speaking about homelessness, criminalization and sex work.