Co-Sponsored Event - Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations

Monday, September 3, 2018
The Binational Encuentro: Female Migrations initiates a conversation among collaborating artists, scholars, and community leaders reflecting on the concepts of border, territory, migration, displacement, and movement through the lenses of gender and sexuality (October 11-19, 2018). Taking place in Tucson and Douglas Arizona participants from Tucson, Phoenix, Douglas and Mexico City will address what it means to be a gendered crosser of borders. The position of women as thresholds, as border to be traversed, often serves to silence their own experience of crossing. Female and female-identified migrants experience significant physical and psychological violence, amplified by ethnic, environmental, economic violence. However, migrant women are not simply victims of global processes. They share political and cultural bases for alliance and co-creation. 
Our guiding questions are: What kind of narratives does the border produce? What does it mean to speak about border conflicts in terms of how they appear or how the public comes to see it? What or who can be seen, what or who remains invisible, who can see and whose vision is compromised? What does it mean to take refuge? How can we re-imagine borders? 

Collaborating artists/Performers include Violeta Luna, Nayla Altamirano, Niña Yhared, Lorena Orozco Quiyono (Mexico City); Heather Gray, Sarah Gonzales, Leilani Clark, Natalie Brewster Nguyen, Teré T. Fowler-Chapman, Sadie Shaw, Megan Cox (Tucson); Michèle Ceballos Michot and Micha Espinosa (Phoenix); Jenea Sanchez, Alan Harris Rubio and Bibi Harris (Douglas).

The Encuentro is comprised of a series of workshops, roundtables, and performances that approach the borderlands through female visual and performance art, which is in constant geographical, aesthetic and poetic migration. This Encuentro aims to provide spaces for women, migrant women, and artists to experiment with art and create a collaborative network to empower more women to participate in the field of artistic creation to inform, educate and raise awareness about shared issues.

The Binational Encuentro is made possible in part through the generosity of a grant from AZ Humanities, as well as support from an interdisciplinary array of UA and non-UA partners:  College of Humanities, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Institute for Binational Migration, Gender and Women Studies, the Poetry Center, the Masters in Human Rights, the Institute for LGBT Studies, the College of Education, ASU Performance in the Borderlands, CALA Alliance, Arizona Commission on the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson (MOCA), Bane Staffing, La Estrella Bakery, and SplitSeed Productions.

Interpretation in Spanish and English will be provided during the events.

Tucson Contact:                                               
UA Department of Spanish & Portuguese                
Ana Cornide                                                                             

SplitSeed Productions
Trayce Peterson:

Douglas Contact:
Border Arts Corridor
Jenea Sanchez