Americans learn that Ellis Island represents the classic story of early twentieth-century immigration. In the later part of that century, however, immigration is characterized by the effects of, and resistance to, colonialism, imperialism, and neoliberalism painting a different kind of American narrative and a more complicated story to tell. In this way, an immigrant story can defy the classic "universal" narrative and becomes a way to express shifting identities that transcend nationality, a sense of "becoming" while perhaps never fully arriving: a multidimensional, multiversal origin story.
In a special one-day workshop designed for members of DVAN, participants will explore the markers to the narrative map of their immigrant origin story. We'll examine the concept of the "origin story" as an inherited narrative of our ethnic and cultural origins, or as the inciting moments that carve our identity/identities.
This is an ideal seminar for artists of any genre or medium who identify as first- or second-generation immigrants; it is also open to anyone of a marginalized identity or interest in interrogating those stories that make us.
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