Launch Event: Everyday Life in an Imperial Archipelago: Digital Exhibition, Performances, and Party
The Affect and Colonialism Web Lab team likes to invite you to the launch event of the digital exhibition "Everyday Life in an Imperial Archipelago" by the Web Lab's digital fellows Theresa Arriola and Jacinta Kaipat from the Northern Mariana Islands. Incorporating different mediums, the exhibition highlights the everyday resistance to militarism by Indigenous people and seeks to address Indigenous experiences with militarism in everyday life under contemporary U.S. imperialism amid growing geopolitical tensions between larger and more powerful nations such as the United States, China, and Russia.
Date: Friday, 2 September 2022
Time: 18:30 onwards
Venue: Oyoun, Lucy-Lameck-Straße 32, 12049 Berlin
Theresa Arriola (anthropologist)
And performances and sharing by
Hinemoana Baker (poet/musician)
Pepe Dayaw (performance artist)
Karin Louise Hermes (storyteller/storyweaver)
Ariel William Orah (sound/performance artist)
Catered by: Cafe Bulbul
Free entrance, no registration needed.
About the exhibition:
Everyday Life in an Imperial Archipelago
_"We are not in the middle, we are in the center."
Ti man chenglung hit gi enta'lu'; era man gaigi hit gi ta'lu' (Chamorro)
Sise tubw me lepat; si lo lughulap (Refaluwasch)
While war history in the Northern Marianas has largely revolved around "strategic" United States military interests and conventional histories of warfare that highlight technological intervention, post-war development and stories of United States triumphalism, far too little analyses have paid attention to the everyday experiences with militarism that frame Indigenous livelihoods throughout. Incorporating different mediums, the exhibition provides an opportunity to highlight the everyday resistance to militarism by Indigenous people and seeks to address Indigenous experiences with militarism in everyday life under contemporary U.S. imperialism amid growing geopolitical tensions between larger and more powerful nations such as the United States, China, and Russia.
About the digital fellows:
Jacinta Kaipat (Refaluwasch/Chamorro) is a former Northern Mariana Islands Congresswoman, well-known community advocate/activist, artist and creative director who has been at the forefront of resisting U.S. militarization throughout the archipelago her entire life.
Prof. Theresa Arriola (Chamorro) is currently an Assistant Professor at Concordia University in Montreal (Tiohti:ake) who teaches courses at the intersection of Critical Indigenous Studies and Critical Military Studies. She was born and raised in the Northern Mariana Islands and is currently the Chair of Our Common Wealth 670 community advocacy group dedicated to resisting increased militarization in the Marianas region.