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Indeed, “Redefining Displacement”, an interdisciplinary and multicultural project in the visual and performance arts, explores how individuals and communities negotiate displacement through the arts. In this instance, what is at stake is the displacement felt by many in the United States because of the constant influx of immigrants, exiles, and transplants. This brochure outlines the goals of Redefining Displacement and delves into a few of its projects: “How Far Can We Go?”, a five-month workshop, mural project, multidisciplinary art, and performance with teens and seniors in El Mirage, Arizona; a trip to India in which members of “Redefining Displacement” organized a series of classes, exhibitions and performances; the ongoing exhibition series Café III, IV, and V, that focused on how geographic displacement transforms cultural identity; and a series of texts in which artists’ thoughts on displacement were brought to light.
This pamphlet states the mission and stresses the activities of the “Redefining Displacement project;” an initiative of performance, community activism, and education organized by the Cuban-American artist Leandro Soto and April Edwards at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences during the early 1990s. (Raoul Deal of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, also participated in this project.)Cuban-born Soto was among a group of young artists who experimented with conceptual art and installation during the early 1980s in Havana. Since the early 1990s, living and working in Mexico and later in the United States, Soto continued to pursue projects that emphasize performance and installation, and draw on non-Western religious and cultural traditions. This document addresses the theme “Exile, Displacement, Diaspora” because it details a project focusing on displacement and featuring Latino and Latin American artists. The southwestern United States, Mexico, and India are geographical areas into consideration. (In this regard, see also doc. no. 840815.)